Shklovsky by Serena Vitale
Witness to an Era

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...to understand the man in his era, read this volume. Ranging over eight decades of memories, Shklovsky always comes home to the years just after 1917...
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"Shklovsky: Witness to an Era" is a blend of riotous anecdote, personal history, and literary reflection, collecting interviews with Viktor Shklovsky conducted by scholar Serena Vitale in the '70s, toward the end of the great critic's life, and in the face of interference and even veiled threats of violence from the Soviet government. Shklovsky's answers are wonderfully intimate, focusing particularly on the years of the early Soviet avant-garde, and his relationships with such figures as Eisenstein and Mayakovsky. Bearing witness to a vanished age whose promise ended in despair, Shklovsky is in great form throughout, summing up a century of triumphs and disappointments, personal and historical.

 

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Serena Vitale is a professor of Russian language and literature at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. She is the author of numerous books and essays on Russian literature, and has also translated many Russian novels into Italian. Her acclaimed biographical work "Pushkin's" "Button" was translated into English in 1999.Serena Vitale is a professor of Russian language and literature at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. She is the author of numerous books and essays on Russian literature, and has also translated many Russian novels into Italian. Her acclaimed biographical work "Pushkin's" "Button" was translated into English in 1999.
 
Published December 18, 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press. 120 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Benjamin Lytal on Jan 18 2013

...to understand the man in his era, read this volume. Ranging over eight decades of memories, Shklovsky always comes home to the years just after 1917...

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