This paper addresses the ways religious identities are shaped in post-Soviet Siberian cities. In the theoretical part, the main dimensions of cultural determinants, shaping the narratives of autobiographical interviews under scrutiny, are presented. Then, the text focuses on the turning points as a catalyst for the spiritual search. One of these points is books. The analyzed samples provide us with the descriptions of the “virtual reality” that follows the declared initiation of spiritual search by the respondents. Finally, the author signals how the historical variables influenced the autobiographical narratives after the sequence of socio-political events that unfolded in Russia in 2012-14 (from the repressions after the Bolotnaya protests by the annexation of Crimea to Russia’s war against Ukraine).
Keywords: individual religiosity, autobiographical interviews, Siberia, Russia, spirituality of literature, post-Soviet religious identity