Author of the Month: Viktor Shklovsky

Our author of the month for March is the Russian literary theorist, novelist and cinematographer Viktor Shklovsky. His long life (1893 to 1984) encompassed revolution (several), war (also several), persecution and rehabilitation. His hybrid memoir-novels provide a marvellous insight into the cultural history of 20th-century Russia – Shklovsky knew everyone, from Esenin to Gorky to Mayakovsky, and quarrelled with most of them.

Shklovsky: Witness to an Era

Serena Vitale and Jamie Richards

From the publisher:

Shklovsky: Witness to an Era is a blend of riotous anecdote, personal history, and literary reflection, collecting interviews with Viktor Shklovsky conducted by scholar ...

A Hunt for Optimism

Viktor Shklovsky and Shushan Avagyan

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Begun in 1929 under the title “New Prose,” and drastically revised after Vladimir Mayakovsky’s sudden death, A Hunt for Optimism (1931) circles obsessively around a ...

Energy of Delusion: A Book on Plot

Viktor Shklovsky, translated by Shushan Avagyan

Shklovsky’s masterwork, the product of more than a decade of hard thinking, is on the face of it a book about Tolstoy. Indeed, it is about Tolstoy, but, in typical Shklovskian style, it is also ...

Knight’s Move

Viktor Shklovsky, translated by Richard Sheldon

From the publisher:

First published in 1923, Knight’s Move is a collection of articles and short critical pieces that Viktor Shklovsky, no doubt the most original literary critic and ...

A Sentimental Journey

Viktor Shklovsky, translated by Richard Shelton

From the publisher:

“One would be hard pressed to decide whether the book is more notable for what it says or for how it says it . . . Viktor Shklovsky’s A Sentimental Journey is highly ...

Third Factory

Viktor Shklovskii, translated by Richard Sheldon

From the publisher:

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 ...

Zoo, or Letters Not About Love

Viktor Shklovskii, translated by Richard Sheldon

While living in exile in Berlin, the Russian formalist theorist Viktor Shklovsky fell in (unrequited) love with Elsa Triolet. He wrote her several letters a day which she would only accept on the ...

Theory of Prose

Viktor Shklovskii, translated by Benjamin Sher

From the publisher:

Theory of Prose is one of the twentieth century’s most important works of literary theory. It not only anticipates structuralism and poststructuralism, but poses questions ...