Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Joanne Turnbull, Adam Thirlwell's Autobiography of a corpse PDF

By Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Joanne Turnbull, Adam Thirlwell

ISBN-10: 1590176707

ISBN-13: 9781590176702

ISBN-10: 1590176960

ISBN-13: 9781590176962

An NYRB Classics Original

Winner of the  2014 PEN Translation Prize

Winner of the 2014 learn Russia Prize

The stakes are wildly excessive in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s awesome and blackly comedian philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new selection of 11 mind-bending and spellbinding stories contains a few of Krzhizhanovsky’s so much impressive conceits: a provincial journalist who strikes to Moscow unearths his lifestyles ate up by means of the autobiography of his room’s earlier occupant; the arms of a celebrated pianist’s correct hand run away to spend an evening by myself at the urban streets; a man’s lifelong quest to chew his personal elbow conjures up either a highly well known circus act and a brand new refutation of Kant. traditional fact cracks open earlier than our eyes within the pages of Autobiography of a Corpse, and the extreme spills out

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But at the time we were unable to fully grasp this thought because our very thinking was deformed; the routes of our logics had been severed. ” Sight had either a microscopic or a telescopic radius: Whatever was too far for the microscope and too close for the telescope was simply lost to sight, and not included in any way by anyone in the field of vision. It’s nearly dawn. I’m tired. I must stop for now. All around me, both through the walls and out the window, it is particularly quiet and still.

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Memories of the Future, translated by Joanne Turnbull with Nikolai Formozov (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), 126. 8. Italo Calvino, Fantastic Tales (London: Penguin, 2001), vii. 9. , viii. 10. , xvi–xvii. 11. Marcel Duchamp, The Writings of Marcel Duchamp, edited by Michel Sanouillet and Elmer Peterson (New York: Oxford University Press, 1973), 194. 12. , edited by Michael W. Jennings, Howard Eiland, and Gary Smith (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1999), 31, 32 13.

There was no key. The landlady, looking down and drawing her shawl more closely about her, said the key was lost, but that . . Shtamm wasn’t listening. “Doesn’t matter. For now a padlock will do. ” In another hour the new lodger was tinkering with the door, screwing in the padlock’s steel hasp. Elated as he was, one small detail did bother him: While securing the temporary bolt, he noticed that the old lock appeared to have been broken. Visible above its steel body were the marks of blows and deep scratches.

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