“Krzhizhanovsky is one of the greatest Russian writers of the last century.” – Robert Chandler
Join Read Russia and New York Review books for an intimate gathering on December 17 to sip on inventive cocktails and celebrate the launch of "Autobiography of a Corpse" by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, the latest literary offering from New York Review Books. NYRB Classics editor Edwin Frank and book critic Liesl Schillinger will be the evening's guides through Krzhizhanovsky's fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which have been compared to the works of Poe, Gogol and Beckett. Frozen under Soviet censorship for years, his work was published for the first time only in 1989.
Autobiography of a Corpse collects eleven mind-bending and spellbinding stories—the tale of a journalist who moves to Moscow to find himself engrossed in the identity of his room’s previous tenant; the fingers of a famous pianist depart the musician’s body and spend a night in the city alone; a man’s desire to bite his own elbow results in a circus act and some large philosophical ramifications—into a volume of Krzhizhanovsky’s most brilliant conceits. Translated by Joanne Turnbull, Autobiography of a Corpse joins The Letter Killers Club and Memories of the Future as the only works by Krzhizhanovsky translated into English, all published by NYRB Classics.