The Letter Killers Club

bySigizmund KrzhizhanovskyTranslated byJoanne TurnbullIntroduction byCaryl Emerson

December 6, 2011|
The Letter Killers Club by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
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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 if not an accomplished corruptor of conceptions?) The logic of the club is strict and uncompromising. Every Saturday, members meet in a firelit room filled with empty black bookshelves where they strive to top one another by developing ever unlikelier, ever more perfect conceptions: a rehearsal of Hamlet hijacked by an actor who vanishes with the role; the double life of a merry medieval cleric derailed by a costume change; a machine-run world that imprisons men’s minds while conscripting their bodies; a dead Roman scribe stranded this side of the River Acheron. But in this book set in an ominous Soviet Moscow of the 1920s, the members of the club are strangely mistrustful of one another, while all are under the spell of its despotic President, and there is no telling, in the end, just how lethal the purely conceptual—or, for that matter, letters—may be.
Title:The Letter Killers ClubFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:144 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.42 inShipping dimensions:144 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.42 inPublished:December 6, 2011Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:159017450X

ISBN - 13:9781590174500

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