Zoo, or Letters Not about Love (Paperback)

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While living in exile in Berlin, the formidable literary critic Viktor Shklovsky fell in love with Elsa Triolet. He fell into the habit of sending Elsa several letters a day, a situation she accepted under one condition: he was forbidden to write about love. Zoo, or Letters Not about Love is an epistolary novel born of this constraint, and although the brilliant and playful letters contained here cover everything from observations about contemporary German and Russian life to theories of art and literature, nonetheless every one of them is indirectly dedicated to the one topic they are all required to avoid: their author's own unrequited love.

About the Author

Viktor Shklovsky (1893-1984) was a leading figure in the Russian Formalist movement of the 1920s and had a profound effect on twentieth-century Russian literature. Several of his books have been translated into English and are available from Dalkey Archive Press, including On the Theory of Prose, Third Factory, A Sentimental Journey, Energy of Delusion, Literature and Cinematography, and Bowstring.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781628974966
ISBN-10: 1628974966
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 164
Language: English