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Glas New Russian Writing #29: Living a Life: Totally Absurd Tales

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Real humor is always black," says Valery Ronshin, a highly imaginative and prolific writer whose work includes a strong elements of mysticism. His fresh and distinctive literary style recalls that of the 20th century Russian writers of the absurd such as Daniil Kharms. Ronshin's reality is necessarily absurd, sometimes silly. And always haunted by the grotesque, which may intrude at any moment. In the title story the somnolent watchman is a self-styled philosopher: "Because he had various philosophical thoughts. Mostly other people's. Trostnikov wrote them down. The first thought in the notebook was this: Life is a dream." The toy factory, where the watchman-philosopher works, turns out to be a top secret weapons plant. These absurd tales, grounded in the perverseness of present-day Russian reality are what Kharms might have written were he alive today.

Synopsis:

Absurd tales based on present-day Russian reality

Synopsis:

Absurd tales based on present-day Russian reality


Synopsis:

Ronshin's stories are reminiscent of early Pelevin's... They contain much humor and much food for thought.

Synopsis:

Death is a frequent presence in Ronshin's brilliantly crafted stories but it invariably appears in some funny guise, a toy character in a toy world of innocent violence. His characters often feel as if they themselves were not really real. In Ronshin's world the dead live side by side with the living without suspecting that they are dead.

About the Author

Valery Ronshin (1962- ) graduated with a degree in history from Petrozavodsk University in Karelia and went on to study at the Literature Institute in Moscow. He now lives in St Petersburg. Ronshin says that for the first thirty years he was "just living a life", moving from one provincial town to another and traveling on foot in Central Russia. He started writing relatively late but broke into top literary magazines almost immediately. Ronshin is also a successful children's author with more than 20 books to his name.

Jose Alaniz is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley.

Kathleen Cook is a professional Russian translator, specializing in arts and literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9785717200608
Translator:
Alaniz, Jose; Cook, Kathleen
Translator:
Cook, Kathleen
Translator:
Cook, Kathleen
Translator:
Alaniz, Jose; Cook, Kathleen
Author:
Ronshin, Valery
Author:
Cook, Kathleen
Author:
Alaniz, Jose
Publisher:
Glas
Location:
Moscow, Russia
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Death
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Number:
Translated
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Glas New Russian Writing
Series Volume:
Vol.29 of the GLAS S
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Absurd tales based on present-day Russian reality

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Absurd tales based on present-day Russian reality


"Synopsis" by ,
Ronshin's stories are reminiscent of early Pelevin's... They contain much humor and much food for thought.
"Synopsis" by ,
Death is a frequent presence in Ronshin's brilliantly crafted stories but it invariably appears in some funny guise, a toy character in a toy world of innocent violence. His characters often feel as if they themselves were not really real. In Ronshin's world the dead live side by side with the living without suspecting that they are dead.
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