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Little Jinx is a canny mockery of the Soviet world. Its author, Andrei Sinyavsky, a respectable member of the USSR's Institute for World Literature, was exposed in 1965 as the real author of a series of irreverent essays and fantastic tales that had been circulating under the nom de plume Abram Tertz. After five years in a labor camp he immigrated to Paris. Little Jinx is ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 30th 1992 by Northwestern University Press
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Dec 12, 2007 Phaedrus rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like abstract literature
I read this book about every other year. It's one of my favorites.
The plot is a little difficult to parse; it is about a child who, through mistakes in his speech and ability to communicate, is responsible for the death of his 5 brothers. But the book is *really* about the power of the writer to create and destroy through language, communication, and intent.
The language of Little Jinx is careful and interesting... the overall effect is very very Russian. Tertz is a Soviet-era writer who writes ...more
One of my favorite Russian books read while I was busy not majoring in Russian Literature. About a man who accidentally has a hand in his five brothers' deaths or doesn't, is unlucky or is blamed for everything and also about the Soviet Union. Written by a non-Jewish man under the pseudonym of a Jewish gangster. If you know about the history of antisemitism in the USSR, you will know, A BOLD THING TO DO.