The Letter Killers Club
The Letter Killers Club is a secret society of self-described “conceivers” who, to preserve the purity of their conceptions, will commit nothing to paper. (What, after all, is your run-of-the-mill scribbler of stories if not an accomplished corruptor of conceptions?) The logic of the club is strict and uncompromising. Every Saturday, members...more
(1) As the merest neophyte theater goer, I was entranced with how the novella was rooted in theater. The Letter Killers Club is a group of “conceivers” who meet weekly to pour out original literary concepts orally which are treated as imaginary books. I am immensely curious to find out what the author thought of Artaud and his Theater of Cruelty. The first meeting unveils an inspired take on Hamlet. The theme of “the rest is silence” infuses the rest of the book...more
Instead of a normal post, I’ll include a few of my thoughts as I read it. My notes won’t mean much unless you understand the format of the novel: the book focuses on a secret group of men who see conceptions as purer than what is committed to paper. These “conceivers” meet each Saturday in an empty personal library to relay their conceptions, challenging each other to perfect their tales.
A few of my notes:
• The introduction by Caryl Emerson is one...more
Право на замысел принадлежит всем: и профессионалу, и дилетанту.
Я очень сильно не люблю поэзию - текучесть текста вызывает у меня сонливость и я отвлекаюсь на собственные мысли. Но другое дело проза Кржижановского, которая настолько поэтична! - та же текучесть смысла накладывается на четкость прозы, превращаясь в нечто настолько красивое, тонкое, вычурное... Грустно, что такие гении слова, как Кржижановский, совсем не известные даже на родине.
Идея повести очень... Очень, так сказать, многогранна...more
"The ether wind that had begun to blow from the...more
1. stories are stronger than frame, and really don't need it around at all. Possibly narrative frame undermines stories altogether.
2. Narrative frame intrigues, but is strained by effort to hold disconnected stories together.
Typically, either of these cases are the result of the stories written previously without inhernet connection finding themselves shoe-horned together for publication at a later...more
The Letter Killers Club is a group of writers who tell stories and discuss with one another without using notes, continuing the oral tradition and trying to be faithful to pure conceptions that exist in the mind. The politics and philosophies of the different members creates the intrigue that propels the narrative.
This was my book club book this mont...more
Right now as I am writing this, I don't have the book at hand. With its invisible presence, all I can conjure up is how light it is, its lovely cover design, The Land of Roles, Haml...more
Sigizmund Dominikovich Krzhizhanovsky (Russian: Сигизму́нд Домини́кович Кржижано́вский) (February 11 [O.S. January 30] 1887, Kiev, Russian Empire — 28 December 1950, Moscow, USSR) was a Russian and Soviet short-story writer who described himself as being "known for being unknown" and the bulk of whose writings were published posthumously.
Many details of Krzhizhanovsky's l...more