Energy of Delusion: A Book on Plot

Energy of Delusion: A Book on Plot

by Viktor Shklovsky
     
 

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"Perhaps because he is such an unlikely Tolstoyan, Viktor Shklovsky's writing on Tolstoy is always absorbing and often brilliant."—Russian ReviewSee more details below

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"Perhaps because he is such an unlikely Tolstoyan, Viktor Shklovsky's writing on Tolstoy is always absorbing and often brilliant."—Russian Review

Editorial Reviews

National Review
“Shklovsky is a disciple worthy of Sterne. He has appropriated the device of infinitely delayed event, of the digression helplessly promising to return to the point, and of disguising his superbly controlled art with a breezy nonchalance. But it is not really Sterne that Shklovsky sounds like: it is an intellectual and witty Hemingway.”
Washington Post
“A rambling, digressive stylist, Shklovsky throws off brilliant aperçus on every page . . . Like an architect's blueprint, [he] lays bare the joists and studs that hold up the house of fiction.”
Russian Review

Perhaps because he is such an unlikely Tolstoyan, Viktor Shklovsky's writing on Tolstoy is always absorbing and often brilliant.

Publishers Weekly

Just in time for the publication of two new translations of War and Peacecomes the first publication in English of what is arguably the greatest critical work on Tolstoy's masterpiece. Russian critic Shklovsky (1893-1984) is the author of Third Factoryand many other critical books. (They are slowly being translated into English and released by Dalkey Archive.) All are written in Shklovsky's inimitable signature digressive style, but none perhaps has as grand a concentric development as this book, which radiates out from War and Peaceand into Pushkin, Turgenev, the Opoyaz period, Anna Karenina, the Neva, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, the Bible, Chekhov, Picasso and many, many more figures, books, rivers, places, things. The result is a deep and deeply satisfying meditation on the form of the novel and on what reading novels "now" (Shklovsky finished the book at the end of his life) is like. Shklovsky takes his title from a letter of Tolstoy's regarding "an earthly, spontaneous energy that's impossible to invent"; he has that energy in spades here, delightful even if one has been unable to finish Tolstoy's novel. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564784261
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Russian Literature Series
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
428
Sales rank:
702,499
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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