In the House of the Hanged: Essays and Vers Libres
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 only had access to a few of his acclaimed works — novels A School for Fools (1977) 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.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 240 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
Reviews‘There is much to be gleaned in this collection… Alexander Boguslawski has published an interesting capstone to Sokolov’s literary career, in English translation- a tribute that, at least, reminds the reader of the phenomenon of Sasha Sokolov.’
Slavic & East European Journal vol 58:01:2014
Author InformationAlexander Boguslawski is a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rollins College.
Table of contents
1 On Secret Tablets
2 In the House of the Hanged
3 Having Discovered It — Having Flung It Open — Having Given It Wings
4 Palisandre — C'est Moi?
5 The Key Word of Literature
6 A Portrait of the Artist in America: Waiting for the Nobel
7 An Anxious Pupa
8 The Shared Notebook or a Group Portrait of Smog
9 A Mark of Illumination: A Stab at Topical Prose
10 An Abstract
11 About the Other Encounter
12 A Discourse
Index to Names and Places
Subjects and Courses