Autobiography of a Corpse
Wait. Wait a minute. I mean, honestly, I've never actually been on acid. I've never even been remotely close to being on acid. So just strike that. That was me trying to be hip, which is silly and pretentious and fraudulent.
This is like fables on hashish, man.
There. That's better.
This book is a collection of stories - fables, parables - written by Krzhizhanovsky (yes, it's pronounced just like it looks) in the '20s and '30s and with enough 'Is he talking about us ...more
Eleven stories—eleven different faces of paranoia, whimsy, stunted desires, manias, in varying degrees of the bizarre & the fantastical. It's hard to choose a favourite here; almost all of them register high on the novelty meter. Krzhizhanovsky chooses unconventional subjects ( e.g. The Collector of Cracks, now who would've thought of that!) & gives them a unique treatment.
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950) was one of history's deleted characters; just like the 0.6 person of his story: a t ...more
Probably there was something in the air at that period because so many writers in the different, di ...more
Almost as much as with the volume of Kafka prefaced by Thirlwell which I read early in the year, I'm in a minority by not being terribly keen on this.
It made fascinating, sometimes prescient ideas remarkably dry. At times I wanted to argue with the illogic of the stories. The philosophy said little that I found new or profound. ...more
This is a collection of short stories written by surely the most difficult to spell author of all-time, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. Writing under the Soviet regime in the early part of last century, most of his work didn’t get past the censors and remained unpublished until the period of Glasnost in the late ’80s. The stories are quirky and imaginative, sometimes fantastical, usually satirical, and often witty; and there are common themes of individual and social identity, r ...more
The stories in this volume are surreal, fantastic tales; they remind me of E.T.A. Hoffmann and Franz Kafka as well as others - at times he's like Samuel Beckett. But Krzhizhanovsky has his own very distinctive style; he's obsessed with topics su ...more
His work reminds me most of Edgar Allan, bu ...more
amazing that his stories were never published, never. until after gorbachev. they stayed in his lover;s closet for all those years. god blees her.
(see aidans reivew for some of the zingers of this collection, just when you thought you have read it all, read krxhizhanovsky )https ...more
In "Yellow Coal," written in 1939 and read by yours truly the day before U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into hospital due to illness caused ...more
This time, I went back and read it after. Counter-intuitive, I'm sure many people would say, but I was vindicated by Thirlwell mentioning Italo Calvino as a similar author, because I read The Complete Cosmicomics earlier this year and found Corpse to be strikingly reminiscent of it. The subj ...more
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s collection of short stories is a waking nightmare of the odd and intellect ...more
Just looking at the spelling and ascertaining the pronunciation of the author’s name should give you a hint at what lies within...
The style of stories here seems to vary from those fairly straightforwardly foretold in the title "Autobiography of a Corpse" or "The Runaway Fingers" to things which are described but which go to unexpected places like "The Collector of Cracks", "The Land of Nots", or "The Unbitten Elbow".
These, like each of Krzhizhanovsky's fictions, have excellent phrases and notions hidden in plain sight:
"...just as ...more
It is recommended to read this on a Kindle to understand the various references the author makes
Review by Helen Stuhr-Rommereim
Soviet author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s stories are so effusively strange that it seems a small miracle they ever made their way to publication at all. Admittedly, it was a long road. The Polish-Ukrainian transplant to Moscow wrote prose deemed too dangerously absurd to be published under Stalin in the 1920s and 30s, and his work wasn’t made publicly available until 1989 and the thaw of Soviet power. Autobiography of a Corps ...more
Autobiography of a Corpse is a collection of short stories with varying content. A philosophical edge, humorous, satirical and even bits of science fiction along with fantasy aspects are found in th ...more
Sigizmund Dominikovich Krzhizhanovsky (Russian: Сигизму́нд Домини́кович Кржижано́вский) (February 11 [O.S. January 30] 1887, Kyiv, 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 Krzhizhan...more