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Living a Life: Absurd Tales [Paperback]

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"Real humor is always black," says Valery Ronshin, a highly imaginative and prolific writer whose work includes a strong elements of mysticism. His fresh and distinctive literary style recalls that of the 20th century Russian writers of the absurd such as Daniil Kharms. Ronshin's reality is necessarily absurd, sometimes silly. And always haunted by the grotesque, which may intrude at any moment. In the title story the somnolent watchman is a self-styled philosopher: "Because he had various philosophical thoughts. Mostly other people's. Trostnikov wrote them down. The first thought in the notebook was this: Life is a dream." The toy factory, where the watchman-philosopher works, turns out to be a top secret weapons plant. These absurd tales, grounded in the perverseness of present-day Russian reality are what Kharms might have written were he alive today.

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 18, 2002
Publisher   Glas
ISBN  5717200609  
ISBN13  9785717200608  

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
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3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > General
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Shining black humour  Dec 1, 2002
Authentic Russian black humour in a tradition that includes Gogol, Dostoevsky and Daniil Kharms. The stories are fantastic but never self-indulgently so, and they always bear a relation to real life. 'How I became a fly' --about a shop-assistant who gradually sells off every part of their body to a mysterious stranger -- is especially memorable. The stories are excellently translated.

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