By Viktor Shklovsky,Shushan Avagyan

“Myths don't circulation during the pipes of history,” writes Viktor Shklovsky, “they switch and splinter, they distinction and refute each other. the same seems to be dissimilar.” released in Moscow in 1970 and showing in English translation for the 1st time, Bowstring is a seminal paintings, within which Shklovsky redefines estrangement (ostranenie) as a tool of the literary comparatist—the “person out of place,” who has grew to become up in a interval the place he doesn't belong and who needs to look for that means with a strained sensibility. As Shklovsky experiments with varied genres, making use of a method of textual montage, he mixes autobiography, biography, memoir, historical past, and literary feedback in a publication that boldly refutes mechanical repetition, mediocrity, and cultural parochialism within the identify of artwork that dares to be various and cutting edge. Bowstring is a superb and provocative ebook that spares not anyone in its unapologetic venture to loose artwork from conventionality.

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