Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Russia’s leading founder of Language poetry, in his new collection of essays fuses seemingly disparate elements of poetry, philosophy, journalism, and prose in an attempt to capture the workings of memory. At stake is not what he writes about—whether memory, Gertrude Stein, immortality, or a walk on Nevsky Prospect—but how he writes it. Formally, Dragomoshchenko never tires of digression, creating playful games of patience and anticipation for his reader. In so doing, he pushes story and closure into the background—arriving, finally, but not to a destination. Ultimately, Dragomoshchenko “carefully seeks out the dust of traces from the period of oblivion,” which evidently lead to the oblivion of minds.
Nb of pages 92 p.
Publication Date 08 January 2009
Nb of pages 92
List Price $10.95
Snapshots turn the eye into a curious animal.
To its pupil, Petersburg arises effortlessly as a collection of postcards in unstable reflections of rumors about its fate.
It’s as simple as playing with toy soldiers—little figurines scattered around, smoke of puppet battles, history on a scale, nonexistence of death, clinking glasses; yet the conversation is taken beyond the cover, beyond the field of conventions. The landscape however isn’t changed.
Full of vitality as well as profundity, and resonating with something I can only term friendship, these meditations / memoirs belong to the great tradition of metaphysical prose, alongside the works of Nietzsche, Shklovsky, Kierkegaard, and Toufic. -Lyn Hejinian
Dragomoshchenko is a whirlwind of words, tender expressions, fierce gestures, piercing glances. -Matvei Yankelevich
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Eastern Europe
Genres : Nonfiction, Biographies and Memoirs : Essays and Commentary
Genres : Poetry
Countries : Russian Federation