By Viktor Shklovsky,Shushan Avagyan

“Myths don't movement throughout the pipes of history,” writes Viktor Shklovsky, “they swap 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 became 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 diverse genres, making use of a strategy of textual montage, he mixes autobiography, biography, memoir, historical past, and literary feedback in a ebook that boldly refutes mechanical repetition, mediocrity, and cultural parochialism within the identify of artwork that dares to be diverse and leading edge. Bowstring is an excellent and provocative publication that spares not anyone in its unapologetic venture to loose paintings from conventionality.

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