Autobiography of a Corpse
Autobiography of a Corpse
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

Translated by Joanne Turnbull


These stunning stories by the Ukrainian-born master of the fantastic and paradoxical remind me of Gogol as much as they remind me of Borges: it becomes harder to tell which is more curious, the reality of reading fiction or the fiction being rendered as reality. —Recommended by Chris, City Lights Publishers


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 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.

Title Autobiography of a Corpse
Author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Translated by Joanne Turnbull
Publisher New York Review Books
Title First Published 03 December 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 256 p.
ISBN-10 1590176707
ISBN-13 9781590176702
Publication Date 03 December 2013
Main content page count 256
Weight 16 oz.
 


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