Zoo, or Letters Not about Love
Translated by Richard Sheldon
While living in exile in Berlin, Viktor Shklovsky fell in love with Elsa Triolet (the "Alya" of this novel). Shklovsky was in 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.
Nb of pages 162 p.
Publication Date 01 October 2001
Nb of pages 162
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in.
List Price $12.50
Written by a woman in Berlin to her sister in Moscow. Her sister is very beautiful, with glistening eyes. The letter is offered as an introduction. Just listen to the calm voice!
I have now adjusted to my new apartment. The landlady I suspect of being an ex-fille de joie, since she shows no signs of being spiteful or pesky. Hereabouts people speak only German, and, however you come, you must make your way under twelve iron bridges. It is the sort of place you avoid if at all possible. My acquaintances from the Kurfürstendamm will not be casually dropping in!
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