This 1929 book by one of the founding fathers of Russian formalism is one of the most important works in the history of literary theory.
A rambling, digressive stylist, Shklovsky throws off brilliant apercus on every page.... Like an architect's blueprint, it lays bare the joists and studs that hold up the house of fiction.
(Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World)
About the Author
Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky (or Shklovskii) was a Russian and Soviet critic, writer, and pamphleteer.