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- Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
- 13 May 2017 Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
The Letter Killers Club Is A Secret Society Of Self Described Conceivers Who, To Preserve The Purity Of Their Conceptions, Will Commit Nothing To Paper What, After All, Is Your Run Of The Mill Scribbler Of Stories If Not An Accomplished Corruptor Of Conceptions The Logic Of The Club Is Strict And Uncompromising Every Saturday, Members Meet In A Firelit Room Filled With Empty Black Bookshelves Where They Strive To Top One Another By Developing Ever Unlikelier, Ever Perfect Conceptions A Rehearsal Of Hamlet Hijacked By An Actor Who Vanishes With The Role The Double Life Of A Merry Medieval Cleric Derailed By A Costume Change A Machine Run World That Imprisons Men S Minds While Conscripting Their Bodies A Dead Roman Scribe Stranded This Side Of The River Acheron But In This Book Set In An Ominous Soviet Moscow Of The 1920s, The Members Of The Club Are Strangely Mistrustful Of One Another, While All Are Under The Spell Of Its Despotic President, And There Is No Telling, In The End, Just How Lethal The Purely Conceptual Or, For That Matter, Letters May Be.
Sigizmund Dominikovich Krzhizhanovsky Russian February 11 O.S January 30 1887, Kiev, Russian Empire 28 December 1950, Moscow, USSR was a Russian and Soviet short story writer who described himself as being known for being unknown and the bulk of whose writings were published posthumously.
Many details of Krzhizhanovsky s life are obscure Judging from his works, Robert Louis Stevenson, G K Chesterton, Edgar Allan Poe, Nikolai Gogol, E T A Hoffmann, and H G Wells were major influences on his style Krzhizhanovsky was active among Moscow s literati in the 1920s, while working for Alexander Tairov s Chamber Theater Several of Krzhizhanovsky s stories became known through private readings, and a couple of them even found their way to print In 1929 he penned a screenplay for Yakov Protazanov s acclaimed film The Feast of St Jorgen, yet his name did not appear in the credits One of his last novellas, Dymchaty bokal The smoky beaker, 1939 , tells the story of a goblet miraculously never running out of wine, sometimes interpreted as a wry allusion to the author s fondness for alcohol He died in Moscow, but the place where he was buried is not known.
In 1976 the scholar Vadim Perelmuter discovered Krzhizhanovsky s archive and in 1989 published one of his short stories As the five volumes of his collected works followed the fifth volume has not yet reached publication , Krzhizhanovsky emerged from obscurity as a remarkable Soviet writer, who polished his prose to the verge of poetry His short parables, written with an abundance of poetic detail and wonderful fertility of invention though occasionally bordering on the whimsical are sometimes compared to the ficciones of Jorge Luis Borges Quadraturin 1926 , the best known of such phantasmagoric stories, is a Kafkaesque novella in which allegory meets existentialism Quadraturin is available in English translation in Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida, Penguin Classics, 2005.