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No Day without a Line: From Notebooks by Yury Olesha

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First published in 1965 and reprinted many times in the U.S.S.R. and Russia, No Day without a Line is a series of thematically assembled journal entries which together form an unusual and engaging personal memoir. Ranging from Olsesha's prerevolutionary childhood, to notable cultural figures, to Russian and Western literature, the entries are a fundamental piece of the leg ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published August 19th 1998 by Northwestern University Press (first published January 1st 1981)
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Josh
This is basically a selection of Olesha's journals, organized and published posthumously by his friends and admirers (including the critic/novelist/superman Viktor Shklovsky) into five vaguely-coherent blocks. Or rather, completely coherent - which is, I guess, the point, since by removing plot, argument, and most other traditional forms of narrative focus, Olesha (or his editors) gives us a book that is beautifully flowing and open-ended: shapeless and yet readable at the same time.

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Yury Karlovich Olesha (Russian: Юрий Карлович Олеша), Soviet author of fiction, plays and satires best known for his 1927 novel Envy (Russian: Зависть). He is considered one of the greatest Russian novelists of the 20th century, one of the few to have succeeded in writing works of lasting artistic value despite the stifling censorship of the era. His works are delicate balancing-acts that superfic ...more
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