In the House of the Hanged: Essays and Vers Libres
Published: April 2012© 2011
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 236 Pages
Dimensions: 6.27 x 9.30
236 Pages, 6.27 x 9.30 x 0.90 in
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Arguably the most important living Russian writer, Sasha Sokolov is an acknowledged literary master. Widely admired for his ability to elevate prose to the level of poetry, he is also known for his craftsmanship and phenomenal use of language. Until now, however, English-speaking audiences have had access to only a few of his acclaimed works – novels A School for Fools (1977), Between Dog and Wolf (1980), and Astrophobia (1989), and the essay "The Anxious Pupa." In the House of the Hanged features the first-ever translation of thirteen of Sokolov's major essays and free verses.
Exploring universal truths concerning language, the role of the artist, talent, and virtuosity, these texts provide key insight into the development of Sokolov's shorter forms. Each is accompanied by explanatory notes and an annotated index developed by Alexander Boguslawski in conjunction with Sokolov himself. These serve to contextualize Sokolov's Russian cultural and linguistic references, and allow worldwide audiences to enjoy his astounding erudition, wit, curiosity, and ever-developing talent.
1. On Secret Tablets
2. In the House of the Hanged
3. Having Discovered It – Opened It Wide – Given It Wings
4. Palisandre – C'est Moi?
5. The Key Word of Belles-Lettres
6. A Portrait of an Artist in America: Waiting for the Nobel
7. The Anxious Pupa
8. The Shared Notebook or a Group Portrait of SMOG
9. A Mark of Illumination
10. An Abstract
11. About the Other Encounter
Index of Names and Places
"Sasha Sokolov’s writing, celebrated in the Soviet Union as among the best of tamizdat, continues to attract serious readers in post-Soviet Russia … For the serious reader, and student, of Sokolov’s writing, there is much to be gleaned in this collection."Cynthia Simmons,
Slavic & East European Journal
"This is a welcome addition to English-language resources on this important and inventive Slavic writer."B.M. Sutcliffe, Miami University, CHOICE