The Innocence of Memories
(Work in progress)
Once the Tatars and the Russians fought with each other. Now they live side by side in Kazan, but there’s no complete confusion. Between the old people, there’s still an interfaith rejection (Tatars are mostly Muslims, Russians are considers themselves Orthodox Christians), and the elderly, especially among the Tatars, do not welcome marriages with people of other culture and faith. However, Kazan, especially after the celebration of its Millennium, has become a modern multicultural city, where young people live according to the megapolis code, forming more and more mixed couples. East meets West.
The city is changing, but all this happens under the shadow of old Islam traditions and family conservatism, which is a significant part of Tatar self-discipline. This transition from the old to the new reminds of Orhan Pamuk’s novels, which describe Istanbul, another mysterious Muslim metropolis. In Kazan, there’s hardly less mysticism — and love.