Energy of Delusion: A Book on Plot
Translated by Shushan Avagyan
One of the greatest literary minds of the twentieth century, Viktor Shklovsky writes the critical equivalent of what Ross Chambers calls "loiterature"—writing that roams, playfully digresses, moving freely between the literary work and the world. In Energy of Delusion, a masterpiece that Shklovsky worked on over thirty years, he turns his unique critical sensibility to Tolstoy’s life and novels, applying the famous "formalist method" he invented in the 1920s to Tolstoy’s massive body of work, and at the same time taking Tolstoy (as well as Boccaccio, Pushkin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, and Turgenev) as a springboard to consider the devices of literature—how novels work and what they do.
Available in English for the first time, Energy of Delusion provides contemporary readers with a new way of thinking about how great literature is written (and how great criticism might be) that is as timely today as ever.
Nb of pages 428 p.
Publication Date 11 July 2007
Nb of pages 428
List Price $14.95
The two-story house in Yasnaya Polyana stands with its side facing the road; it’s very old. It stands sideways because it’s part of a once unfinished house, where the lieutenant colonel’s youngest son, Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy, was born.
It’s a comfortable house, but everything in it—the windows, the staircase, even the doors—are arranged oddly, not in the usual places.
This strange, well-known house looks like a traveler, a wanderer, who is resting on the side of the road after a long journey.
"Shklovsky is a disciple worthy of Sterne. He has appropriated the device of infinitely delayed event, of the digression helplessly promising to return to the point, and of disguising his superbly controlled art with a breezy nonchalance. But it is not really Sterne that Shklovsky sounds like: it is an intellectual and witty Hemingway."
WE ALSO SUGGEST
Aidan Higgins: The Fragility of Form
Drawing together a wide range of focused critical commentary and observation by internationally renowned scholars and writers, this collection of essays offers a major reassessment of Aidan Higgins’s body of work almost fifty years after the...
other titles related to
Genres : Literary Criticism, Philosophy and Theory : Poetics
Countries : Russian Federation