Life of a Bishop's Assistant by Viktor Shklovsky
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Readers with a background in formalism and its successors will find this of interest, though Bulgakov, Sholokhov, and Pasternak remain the cornerstone writers of the era for nonspecialist readers.
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Life of a Bishop's Assistant is a "rewritten" biography of the 18th century historical figure, Gavriil Dobrinin. The son of a priest, he became an assistant to a bishop before being fortunate to rise all the way to gubernia procurator. Despite the obscurity of Dobrinin, it is Shklovsky's narration of his story that takes center stage. Like Zoo, or Letters Not About Love, Life of a Bishop's Assistant is a notable example of experimentation with narrative form in the early twentieth century by one of its leading theorists.
 

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A leading figure in the Russian Formalist movement of the 1920s, Viktor Shklovsky (1893-1984) had a profound effect on twentieth-century Russian literature. Several of his books have been translated into English, including , Theory of Prose, Knight's Move, and Hunt for Optimism, all available from Dalkey Archive Press.Valeriya Yermishova is a freelance translator. She studied French language and literature and economics at State University of New York at Binghamton and picked up translation certificates at NYU and the University of Chicago. She is active in the translation community and served as president-elect and president of the New York Circle of Translators between 2014 and 2016. She currently lives in New York City.
 
Published July 21, 2017 by Dalkey Archive Press. 185 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Readers with a background in formalism and its successors will find this of interest, though Bulgakov, Sholokhov, and Pasternak remain the cornerstone writers of the era for nonspecialist readers.

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