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Product Details

  • Series: New York Review Books Classics
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159017450X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590174500
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It is now clear that Krzhizhanovsky is one of the greatest Russian writers of the last century.”
—Robert Chandler, The Financial Times

“Krzhizhanovsky wanted to perform imaginary experiments with the nature of time and space. Outside, in the streets, the Communist state was busy performing such experiments for real. In response, Krzhizhanovsky’s prose has a recklessly unstable tone in which delighted examination of impossible worlds can slip into ferocious political  sarcasm. . . . It is a method for investigating how much unreality reality can bear.”
—Adam Thirlwell, The New York Review of Books

“A Russian writer whose morbidly satiric imagination forms the wild (missing) link between the futuristic dream tales of Edgar Allan Poe and the postwar scientific nightmares of Stanislaw Lem . . . an impish master of the fatalistically fantastic.” —Bill Marx, The World

About the Author

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887–1950), the Ukrainian-born son of Polish emigrants, studied law and classical philology at Kiev University. After graduation and two summers spent exploring Europe, he was obliged to clerk for an attorney. A sinecure, the job allowed him to devote most of his time to literature and his own writing. In 1920, he began lecturing in Kiev on theater and music. The lectures continued in Moscow, where he moved in 1922, by then well known in literary circles. Lodged in a cell-like room on the Arbat, Krzhizhanovsky wrote steadily for close to two decades. His philosophical and phantasmagorical fictions ignored injunctions to portray the Soviet state in a positive light. Three separate efforts to print collections were quashed by the censors, a fourth by World War II . Not until 1989 could his work begin to be published. Like Poe, Krzhizhanovsky takes us to the edge of the abyss and forces us to look into it. “I am interested,” he said, “not in the arithmetic, but in the algebra of life.”

Joanne Turnbull’s translations from Russian in collaboration with Nikolai Formozov include Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s Memories of the Future (NYRB Classics), short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award.

Caryl Emerson is the A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Krzhizhanovsky is an obscure Soviet writer, who in this text, emerges as one of the most interesting literary figures of his time. Through allegorical construction, he unveils the Letter Killers Club, a secret society who gather to present stories that cannot be committed to paper. This demonstration of the purity of narrative concepts unfolds with brilliant precision and irony- Krzhizhanovsky weaves stories of wonderful cleverness and depth. Perhaps the most memorable is the creation of a performance of Hamlet, wherein an actor disappears with the role during rehearsal. For all its challenges, The Letter Killer's club is lucid in its satirical demolition of Soviet censorship-and I have a hunch that his work will experience a new readership through this excellent re-printing.
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