“The heavyweight of Formalism may have had initial doubts about where he stood in the fight between the old and the new, but having accepted the Russian Revolution, he concentrated on working towards its goals. The Hamburg Score, a collection of essays originally published in 1928, is a quest for new literature, theatre, cinema – prerequisites for a new life. . . . Shklovsky the critic is in his element when analysing Russian prose and poetry in the light of their European analogues and new media.”
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