Memories of the Future

By Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky; Joanne Turnbull (Translator); Nikolai Formozov
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590173190, 228pp.)

Publication Date: October 6, 2009

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Description
Written in Soviet Moscow in the 1920s--but considered too subversive even to show to a publisher--the seven tales included here attest to Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's boundless imagination, black humor, and breathtaking irony: a man loses his way in the vast black waste of his own small room; the Eiffel Tower runs amok; a kind soul dreams of selling "everything you need for suicide"; an absentminded passenger boards the wrong train, winding up in a place where night is day, nightmares are the reality, and the backs of all facts have been broken; a man out looking for work comes across a line for logic but doesn't join it as there's no guarantee the logic will last; a sociable corpse misses his own funeral; an inventor gets a glimpse of the far-from-radiant communist future.



About the Author


Turnbull has translated a number of books from Russian,including Andrei Sinyavsky's Soviet Civilization.

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