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The Return Of Munchausen
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|December 13, 2016

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Baron Munchausen’s hold on the European imagination dates back to the late eighteenth century when he first pulled himself (and his horse) out of a swamp by his own upturned pigtail. Inspired by the extravagant yarns of a straight-faced former cavalry…
Autobiography Of A Corpse
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|December 3, 2013

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An NYRB Classics Original Winner of the  2014 PEN Translation Prize Winner of the 2014 Read Russia Prize The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and…
The Letter Killers Club
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|December 6, 2011

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A New York Review Books Original The Letter Killers Club is a secret society of self-described “conceivers” who, to preserve the purity of their conceptions, will commit nothing to paper. (What, after all, is your run-of-the-mill scribbler of stories…
Memories Of The Future
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|October 6, 2009

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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…
That Third Guy: A Comedy From The Stalinist 1930s With Essays On Theater

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This collection of theater writings by the Russian modernist Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky brings his powerful, wildly imaginative vision of theater to an English-language audience for the first time. The centerpiece is his play That Third Guy (1937), a farce written…
7 Stories
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|November 11, 2006

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All of Krzhizhanovsky's stories depict something aberrant, which is strongly rooted in something true."- Bookforum "It is now clear that Krzhizhanovsky is one of the greatest Russian writers of the last century."- Financial Times "A natural storyteller, striking…