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A Hunt for Optimism by Viktor Shklovsky,Shushan Avagyan

By Viktor Shklovsky,Shushan Avagyan

Begun in 1929 less than the identify "New Prose" and vastly revised after Vladimir Mayakovsky's surprising dying, A Hunt for Optimism (1931) circles obsessively round a unmarried scene of interrogation during which a author is subjected to a exhibit trial for his unorthodoxy. utilizing a number of views, fragments, and aphorisms, and bearing the vulnerability of either the Russian Jewry and the anti-Bolshevik intelligentsia—who had unwittingly turn into the "enemies of the people"Hunt satirizes Soviet censorship and the ineptitude of Soviet leaders with acerbic panache. regardless of feedback on the time that it lacked cohesion and was once too "variegated" to be referred to as a merely "Shklovskian book," Hunt is stylistically unpredictable, experimentally daring, and unapologetically ironic—making it one of many most interesting books in Shklovsky's physique of work.

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