Zoo, or Letters Not about Love

Russian Literature Series
Viktor Shklovsky
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.

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Translated by Richard Sheldon
Publication: Russian Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 162
ISBN-13: 9781564783110
GTIN13: 9781564783110
Publication date: 10/1/2001
Language: eng
List price: $12.50