Third Factory

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Like many of Shklovsky's works, Third Factory is not easily classified. In part it is a memoir of the three "Factories" that influenced his development as a human being and as a writer, yet the events depicted within the book are fictionalised and conveyed with the poetic verve and playfulness of form that have made Shklovsky a major figure in twentieth-century world literature. In addition to its fictional and biographical elements, Third Factory includes anecdotes, rants, social satire, literary theory, and ...

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Overview

Like many of Shklovsky's works, Third Factory is not easily classified. In part it is a memoir of the three "Factories" that influenced his development as a human being and as a writer, yet the events depicted within the book are fictionalised and conveyed with the poetic verve and playfulness of form that have made Shklovsky a major figure in twentieth-century world literature. In addition to its fictional and biographical elements, Third Factory includes anecdotes, rants, social satire, literary theory, and anything else that Shklovsky, with an artist's unerring confidence, chooses to include.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A work of gossip, allusion and esoteric reference, with devices -- some typographical -- which Shklovsky borrowed from Sterne, whom he much admired." -- John Bayley, Listener

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Kirkus Reviews
This 1926 novel (originally published in this translation by Ardis in 1977) by a prominent Russian Formalist critic well known for his studies of Tolstoy and Mayakovsky reshapes the conventions of autobiography to express "the idea of art as pure form"--an idea that became anathema to the agenda-burdened architects of the 1917 Revolution. Shklovsky’s narrator assembles anecdotes, memories, and random musings into a carefully structured collage that explains his own "making" in the crucibles of three imagined "factories": the worlds of his childhood and early education, the literary group ("Opoyaz") whose principles he eagerly absorbed, and the unpredictable breadth of his still-developing intellect and sensibility. The patchwork structure and whimsical rhetoric take some getting used to, but the resulting celebration of artistic individuality and integrity rings true.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564783172
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST DALKEY
  • Pages: 105
  • Sales rank: 1,017,697
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky was a Russian and Soviet critic, writer, and pamphleteer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Viktor Shklovsky and the Device of Ostensible Surrender
I Continue 3
About a Red Elephant 7
I Write about How Objective Reality Determines Consciousness, While the Conscience Remains in Disarray 7
Third Factory 8
The Childhood of a Writer Who Eventually Learned to Be Succinct 9
The Dacha 11
A Multifarious Gymnasium 12
Graduation Time 15
The Debt I Owe My Teacher 16
I Write about Kisses 17
More about the First Factory 18
The Summer after Gymnasium 23
The Voice of a Semiprocessed Commodity 24
I Dog Paddle 26
Sherwood 27
Science and Democracy 28
Doctor Nikolai Ivanovich Kulbin 29
Baudouin de Courtenay, Blok, Yakubinsky 30
There Was No Room for a Cannon Shot in the Valley of the Vistula 32
War 32
7 Zhukovsky Street 33
O.M.B. 34
Brik Remained in Absentia 36
Evenings at the Briks 38
Tom Roman Jakobson, Translator in Residence for the Soviet Embassy in Czechoslovakia 39
About the Second Factory 42
My Native Land 45
The Time Went Its Own Way 47
About the Freedom of Art 49
A Case Ineptly Pleaded by Me 54
Spring and a Bit of Summer 55
What They Are Making Out of Me 57
An Experience That I Had 58
Letter to Tynyanov 60
Letter to Boris Eikhenbaum 62
Letter to Lev Yakubinsky 63
Envy Bay 65
The Airplane Flew like a Wounded Beetle 76
Voronezh District and Platonov 77
Cheap Motors 79
Subsequently 80
The Fields of Other Districts 81
A Second Childhood 82
The Third Factory 84
Afterword 86
Afterword 101
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