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Autobiography of A Corpse

Autobiography of A Corpse
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The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new collection of eleven mind-bending and spellbinding tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky's most dazzling conceits: a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiography of his room's previous occupant; the fingers of a celebrated pianist's right hand run away to spend a night alone on the city streets; a man's lifelong quest to bite his own elbow inspires both a hugely popular circus act and a new refutation of Kant. Ordinary reality cracks open before our eyes in the pages of Autobiography of a Corpse, and the extraordinary spills out.
Authors: Krzhizhanovskiĭ, Sigizmund, 1887-1950
Title: Autobiography of a corpse
Publisher: New York :, New York Review Books,, [2013]
Characteristics: xviii, 230 pages ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky ; introduction by Adam Thirlwell ; translated by Joanne Turnbull with Nikolai Formozov
Contents: Autobiography of a corpse
In the pupil
Seams
The collector of cracks
The land of nots
The runaway fingers
The unbitten elbow
Yellow coal
Bridge over the Styx
Thirty pieces of silver
Postmark: Moscow
Summary: The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new collection of eleven mind-bending and spellbinding tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky's most dazzling conceits: a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiography of his room's previous occupant; the fingers of a celebrated pianist's right hand run away to spend a night alone on the city streets; a man's lifelong quest to bite his own elbow inspires both a hugely popular circus act and a new refutation of Kant. Ordinary reality cracks open before our eyes in the pages of Autobiography of a Corpse, and the extraordinary spills out.
Additional Contributors: Formozov, Nikolai
Turnbull, Joanne
Thirlwell, Adam - 1978-
ISBN: 1590176707
9781590176702
Branch Call Number: FICTION KRZHIZHAN 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Short stories, Russian Translations into English Fiction
Topical Term: Short stories, Russian
LCCN: 2013019761
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A great companion to Petrushevskaia's collection, these tales were written before WWII yet still read vibrant and new. Very funny as well as elegant.


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