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The Letter Killers Club - Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Joanne Turnbull, Caryl Emerson
The Letter Killers Club
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A New York Review Books OriginalThe Letter Killers Club is a secret society of self-described “conceivers” who, to preserve the purity of their conceptions, will commit nothing to paper. (What, after all, is your run-of-the-mill scribbler of stories if not an accomplished corruptor of... show more
A New York Review Books OriginalThe Letter Killers Club is a secret society of self-described “conceivers” who, to preserve the purity of their conceptions, will commit nothing to paper. (What, after all, is your run-of-the-mill scribbler of stories if not an accomplished corruptor of conceptions?) The logic of the club is strict and uncompromising. Every Saturday, members meet in a firelit room filled with empty black bookshelves where they strive to top one another by developing ever unlikelier, ever more perfect conceptions: a rehearsal of Hamlet hijacked by an actor who vanishes with the role; the double life of a merry medieval cleric derailed by a costume change; a machine-run world that imprisons men’s minds while conscripting their bodies; a dead Roman scribe stranded this side of the River Acheron. But in this book set in an ominous Soviet Moscow of the 1920s, the members of the club are strangely mistrustful of one another, while all are under the spell of its despotic President, and there is no telling, in the end, just how lethal the purely conceptual—or, for that matter, letters—may be.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590174500 (159017450X)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 123
Edition language: English
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"The Russian Borges" will do well enough to describe Krzhizhanovsky, although [b:Ficciones|426504|Ficciones|Jorge Luis Borges|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347314567s/426504.jpg|1007116] was written twenty years after this book. Aggressively meta and weird, he comes by way of Gogol and Zamyatin, and...
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