Сигизмунд КржижановскийISBN: 5-7172-0073-0; 978-5-7172-0073-8;
Издательство: Glas Глас
Like a character in one of his stories, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky has returned from oblivion. Prominent in Moscow literary circles in the 1920s and '30s, he was all but unpublished. The day he died, a critic mourned the passing of "a writer-visionary, an unsung genius." Who was Krzhizhanovsky? An otherworldly man of enormous erudition, a brilliant voice incapable of accommodating the coarse commissars of Soviet culture: "I am interested, not in the arithmetic, but in the algebra of life." Not until 1989 could Krzhizhanovsky's philosophical, satirical, lyrical phantasmagorias begin to be published. Critics today compare him to Beckett and Borges, Swift and Gogol. His fictions, including the seven remarkable stories in this collection, the first in English, have changed the face of 20th century Russian letters.