Autobiography of a Corpse The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky s fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes This new collection of eleven mind bendi

  • Title: Autobiography of a Corpse
  • Author: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky Joanne Turnbull Nikolai Formozov Adam Thirlwell
  • ISBN: 9781590176702
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky s fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes This new collection of eleven mind bending and spellbinding tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky s most dazzling conceits a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiograThe stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky s fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes This new collection of eleven mind bending and spellbinding tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky s most dazzling conceits a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiography of his room s previous occupant the fingers of a celebrated pianist s right hand run away to spend a night alone on the city streets a man s lifelong quest to bite his own elbow inspires both a hugely popular circus act and a new refutation of Kant Ordinary reality cracks open before our eyes in the pages of Autobiography of a Corpse, and the extraordinary spills out.An NYRB Classics Original

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    1. This is like fables on acid, man.Wait. Wait a minute. I mean, honestly, I've never actually been on acid. I've never even been remotely close to being on acid. So just strike that. That was me trying to be hip, which is silly and pretentious and fraudulent.This is like fables on hashish, man.There. That's better.This book is a collection of stories - fables, parables - written by Krzhizhanovsky (yes, it's pronounced just like it looks) in the '20s and '30s and with enough 'Is he talking about us [...]

    2. Wow!Eleven stories—eleven different faces of paranoia, whimsy, stunted desires, manias, in varying degrees of the bizarre & the fantastical. It's hard to choose a favourite here; almost all of them register high on the novelty meter. Krzhizhanovsky chooses unconventional subjects ( e.g. The Collector of Cracks, now who would've thought of that!) & gives them a unique treatment.Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950) was one of history's deleted characters; just like the 0.6 person of his [...]

    3. [2.5] No more books of short stories by early twentieth century East European writers introduced by Adam Thirlwell. That shouldn't be too difficult a resolution to keep. Almost as much as with the volume of Kafka prefaced by Thirlwell which I read early in the year, I'm in a minority by not being terribly keen on this. It made fascinating, sometimes prescient ideas remarkably dry. At times I wanted to argue with the illogic of the stories. The philosophy said little that I found new or profound. [...]

    4. I've read Krzhizhanovsky before (Memories of the future), and didn't care for his writing style or material in that volume. However, I can say without a doubt, this is one of my favorite collections of short stories that I have ever read. First off, I would reccomend the Kindle version, as it makes it much easier to keep track of all the various footnotes, as Krzhizhanovsky makes numerous references to philosophers, philosophical teachings, religions, latin, various Russian folklore, locations, [...]

    5. “Man is to man a ghost”This is a collection of short stories written by surely the most difficult to spell author of all-time, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. Writing under the Soviet regime in the early part of last century, most of his work didn’t get past the censors and remained unpublished until the period of Glasnost in the late ’80s. The stories are quirky and imaginative, sometimes fantastical, usually satirical, and often witty; and there are common themes of individual and social ide [...]

    6. Not to be read prior to Memories of the Future or Letter Killers Club, this collection of short works does the same as NYRB's previous two editions of K's short stories; it shows the fusion of engineering and literature in short outbursts of Soviet-era stories. Think something like Zoschenko's social satire meets Verne's love of machination and you've arrived at this point. Grin's dreamy adventure lit is also a salient point of comparison and K. makes it clear he's read his Grin. I must admit th [...]

    7. Though Krzhizhanovsky wrote these stories in the 1920s and 1930s they weren't actually published until the Soviet Union was on its last legs. It's no wonder then that he is not a well-known writer in the west. I hadn't heard of him until a few months ago.The stories in this volume are surreal, fantastic tales; they remind me of E.T.A. Hoffmann and Franz Kafka as well as others - at times he's like Samuel Beckett. But Krzhizhanovsky has his own very distinctive style; he's obsessed with topics su [...]

    8. These intellectual fantastic tales can be heavy going, as they should be coming from an author whose name is so exquisitely unpronounceable. Krzhizhanovsky came to Moscow in the 1920’a from Kiev via a European tour that introduced him to the avant garde movements of the day. He worked in the theater and became a member of the writers’ union, but his fiction was unpublishable under the reign of Soviet censorship. His stories first met the public in 1989.His work reminds me most of Edgar Allan [...]

    9. This was my first introduction to Krzhizhanovsky and, to be honest, the collection started off incredibly slow for me. Many of these feel like tales of lonely weirdos wandering through Moscow wondering about existence vs. the Void. I'm not a philosophy expert, so even with the footnotes, most of the headier themes were lost on me. Still, "The Unbitten Elbow" is one of my new favorite stories of all time, right up there with Kafka's "The Hunger Artist". "Yellow Coal," "The Collector of Cracks" an [...]

    10. Whereas Perec and his intellectual games leave me cold, these have me page turning like a thriller. OK I'm not sure how much you get out of these if you haven't read much philosophy, but for lovers of fantasy, mind games and stories that want you to work a little at them, these are fantastic. As a couple of reviewers have mentioned it takes a while for the collection to get moving - The Collector of Cracks did it for me. In fact for a newbie it might be best to start with one of the earlier coll [...]

    11. When Krzhizhanvosky described the Imaginists in the final story, it all made sense: what he excels at in these stories is creating fully developed fantastical images and following them down the rabbit hole. It would take me a while to get into each story (there is a lot of disbelief to suspend!) but I was eventually sucked in every time. My favourites were, I think, 'Yellow Coal'—such an interesting exploration of a fantastical idea that feels strangely realistic—and 'Postmark: Moscow', whic [...]

    12. modernist, involved short stories to author's lover, moscow, and shes a cold bitch he can't leave. so how to live in the city on 10 kopeks a day (no booze, tobacco, or mass trans for you, just walk until you hallucinate) amazing that his stories were never published, never. until after gorbachev. they stayed in his lover;s closet for all those years. god blees her.(see aidans reivew for some of the zingers of this collection, just when you thought you have read it all, read krxhizhanovsky )/revi [...]

    13. I highly recommend this collection to my philosopher friends. The stories "The Collector of Cracks" and the "The Unbitten Elbow" are especially interesting; the former is a kind of parable of deconstruction, avant la lettre, and the later is a funny "critique" of Kant that include an explanation of the "the principles of unbiteability." Insightful references to Descartes, Leibniz, and especially to Kant are woven through many of the stories.

    14. Strange, sad, funny, the back of my book compares this to Borges and Beckett and that sounds about right. About half of the stories missed me, but about half of them – one about a priest given control over all of the world's cracks, one about a man who tries to bite his own elbow, and the societal rage this sets off – I absolutely adored. Definitely recommended.

    15. This book has the sci fi syndrome: really cool, imaginative ideas dragged down by dull, pedestrian writing. Mercurial book.

    16. Çok zor bitirdiğim ama çok etkilendiğim bir kitaptı. Yazarın zihninin çok fantastik bir çalışma şekli var, en çok bu beni etkiledi. Neredeyse bir aydan fazla bir zamanda bitirdim incecik bir kitap olmasına rağmen. Durup durup geri döndüğüm, üzerinde yeniden düşündüğüm cümleler oldu.Öyleki kitabın sonlarına doğru "seyahat etmek başkaldırıdır" cümlesine takılıp kitabı da alıp üç ülke gezdim. Vakit ayırılması ve üzerinde kafa yorulması gereken bir kita [...]

    17. Krzhizhanovsky weaves together this wonderful collection of short stories with recurring themes of shadows, nonexistence, and godlessness. The book reads almost like a love letter to Moscow, though he is a scorned lover. A couple of these stories are forgettable, some are great. My favorite is "Yellow Coal." I will be checking out more by this author.

    18. A very strong collection of short fictions from an author I was previously wholly unaware of.The style of stories here seems to vary from those fairly straightforwardly foretold in the title "Autobiography of a Corpse" or "The Runaway Fingers" to things which are described but which go to unexpected places like "The Collector of Cracks", "The Land of Nots", or "The Unbitten Elbow".These, like each of Krzhizhanovsky's fictions, have excellent phrases and notions hidden in plain sight:"just as a m [...]

    19. What an amazing book! My only regret is that I don't know how to pronounce the authors name. The stories have a simple premise. But the author mixes in a little bit of fantasy and philosophy creating something very beautiful and unique. It is recommended to read this on a Kindle to understand the various references the author makes

    20. Krzhizhanovsky’s stories are filled with existential angst and desperation. These surreal stories have been compared to Kafka and Gogol. SK’s twist casts a shadow upon living in Soviet Russia wheras one who is not a party member is less than nothing, a minus one. Even though he doesn’t explicitly state this, the idea is peppered through most of the stories. It’s a sharp contrast as these lonely and isolating stories take place in the heart of Moscow. There is an erasure of identity, peop [...]

    21. full-stop/2014/01/09/rReview by Helen Stuhr-RommereimSoviet author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s stories are so effusively strange that it seems a small miracle they ever made their way to publication at all. Admittedly, it was a long road. The Polish-Ukrainian transplant to Moscow wrote prose deemed too dangerously absurd to be published under Stalin in the 1920s and 30s, and his work wasn’t made publicly available until 1989 and the thaw of Soviet power. Autobiography of a Corpse, a collectio [...]

    22. Only read the first two stories so far but I'm really not convinced on this. They're both really heavy handedly "philosophical" but the whole story doesn't connect together well, thematically or plot wise. I'm probably missing a lot of important stuff (my standard disclaimer when I read "literary" fiction I don't like - I know i'm not as good a reader as I should be) but I just wasn't enjoying myself. He introduces surreal stuff but doesn't really do anything with them - for example "0.6 of a ma [...]

    23. Krzhizhanovksy an imaginative writer beyond comprehension passed away before his writings were known to the world. Soviet censors and WWII prevented publication of his works. Not hindered by obstacles Krzhizhanovksy secretly continued his writing. In 1989 Krzhizhanovksy's writing were discovered. Autobiography of a Corpse is a collection of short stories with varying content. A philosophical edge, humorous, satirical and even bits of science fiction along with fantasy aspects are found in this c [...]

    24. Although Krzhizhanovsky's short stories were written in the Soviet Union in the 20s and 30s, some of his stories are just now finding audiences. His stories relied on the surreal and bizarre: a pianist's fingers running detaching and running away, mysterious creatures living inside pupils, actually a lot of different grotesque scenarios involving eyes. My favorite was a more subdued commentary on the nature of greed: a story about the path of destruction that results from the coins Judas Iscario [...]

    25. Krzhizhanovsky died in 1950, and these stories are mostly from the '20s, i.e. the very early years of the Soviet Union. Obviously he was not exactly the kind of writer Stalin wanted, and he was apparently not terribly widely published during his life. There is a light, comic tone to these tales, even if the subjects are sometimes more serious. Interesting, entertaining, but not exactly my cup of tea, and I wouldn't compare him to Borges--though some do--except perhaps for the "speculative" natur [...]

    26. In this book, the NYRB brings together 11 of Krzhizhanovsky’s short stories written in 1922-39. There’s a good heaping of metaphysical questions he’s exploring here, and sometimes the overly ponderous way he works through them was a chore to get through. But for the most part, the stories—fantastical with sharp insight and witty wordplay—just charmed the socks off me. My favorites included the ones about a society that’s relegated to using people’s spite as its energy source; a man [...]

    27. I’ll admit, there were several of these short stories were wayyyyy over my head (my philosophy-reading days, like my drinking-all-night days, are far behind me). But the ones I did get were appealingly weird: “The Runaway Fingers,” where the right hand of a concert pianist has adventures of its own, a la Gogol’s “The Nose”; “In the Pupil,” where the forgotten images of a woman’s lovers have nightly meetings behind her eye; my favorite, “Yellow Coal,” which solves a prescien [...]

    28. The stories here range from good to excellent. If you like Kafka, Beckett, Calvino or Borges, you will appreciate this book, though Krzhizhanovsky cannot with precision be compared directly to any of those writers. If you're familiar with the history of Western philosophy, even better. If, in addition to those qualifications, the first 20 years after the Russian Revolution hold a special fascination for you, then some of these stories will insinuate themselves into the folds of your cerebral cor [...]

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