ORCID: Magdalena Rekść: 0000-0002-6927-5489
Edition: Lublin 2013
Nostalgia can be described as an emotional state, a deeply melancholic longing for the past regarding individual and collective imagination. Nostalgia never maps the past; rather, it is a narrative that describes people’s feelings. It is to say that nostalgia tells more about the present than the past because it describes actual needs and desires. People tend to idealize those aspects of the earlier life which are the weak points now. What makes nostalgia a natural phenomenon occurring among all civilizations is that bittersweet longing for the past where a person keeps remembering the old days. This paper attempts to examine the issue of nostalgia for the Soviet Union, especially in the psychological context. It tries to answer why the people who have lived in totalitarian and felonious system are inclined to miss it.