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A hunt for optimism

Author: Viktor Shklovskiĭ; Shushan Avagyan
Publisher: Champaign ; Dublin ; London : Dalkey Archive Press, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book circles obsessively around a single scene of interrogation in which a writer is subjected to a show trial for his unorthodoxy. Using multiple perspectives, fragments, and aphorisms, and bearing the vulnerability of both the Russian Jewry and the anti-Bolshevik intelligentsia-who had unwittingly become the enemies of the people. This book satirizes Soviet censorship and the ineptitude of Soviet leaders with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Viktor Shklovskiĭ; Shushan Avagyan
ISBN: 9781564787903 1564787907
OCLC Number: 783162453
Language Note: Translated from the Russian.
Description: vi, 175 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part 1 Titled "Everything as it Should Be," with an Epigraph 7 --
Part 2 Which Is of No Particular Importance 41 --
Part 3 The Middle of the Book or Thereabouts 69 --
Part 4 Titled "The Trumpet of the Martians" 93 --
Part 5 The End of A Hunt for Optimism 135.
Other Titles: Poiski optimizma.
Responsibility: Viktor Shklovsky ; translated by Shushan Avagyan.

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This book circles obsessively around a single scene of interrogation in which a writer is subjected to a show trial for his unorthodoxy. Using multiple perspectives, fragments, and aphorisms, and bearing the vulnerability of both the Russian Jewry and the anti-Bolshevik intelligentsia-who had unwittingly become the enemies of the people. This book satirizes Soviet censorship and the ineptitude of Soviet leaders with acerbic panache.

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