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A Hunt for Optimism

A Hunt for Optimism

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by Viktor Shklovsky   Shushan Avagyan  
Language: English
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Begun in 1929 under the title "New Prose," and drastically revised after Vladimir Mayakovsky's sudden death, A Hunt for Optimism (1931) circles obsessively around a single scene of interrogation in which a writer is subjected to a show trial for his unorthodoxy. Using multiple perspectives, fragments, and aphorisms, and bearing the vulnerability of both the Russian Jewry and the anti-Bolshevik intelligentsia--who had unwittingly become the "enemies of the people"--Hunt satirizes Soviet censorship and the ineptitude of Soviet leaders with acerbic panache. Despite criticism at the time that it lacked unity and was too "variegated" to be called a purely "Shklovskian book," Hunt is stylistically unpredictable, experimentally bold, and unapologetically ironic--making it one of the finest books in Shklovsky's body of work.


Details Of Book : A Hunt for Optimism

Book: A Hunt for Optimism
ISBN: 1564787907
ISBN-13: 9781564787903
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2013-01-03
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Number of Pages: 160
Language: English
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