The Classics Club
The Classics Spin #25
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For this Classics spin #25, I got #14, which on my list was
I usually don’t read many short stories, but I just finished listening to a collection and read another one, and the spin ends up on a collection of Russian short stories!
I’m really looking forward to reading The Letter Killers Club (1926), as I don’t know the author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, and it sounds deliciously meta-literature.
“Original Writers are professional killers of conceptions. The logic of the Letter Killers Club, a secret society of “conceivers” who commit nothing to paper on principle, is strict and uncompromising. Every Saturday they meet in a fire-lit room hung with blank black bookshelves to present their “pure and unsubstantiated” conceptions: a rehearsal of Hamlet hijacked by an actor who vanishes with the role; the double life of a medieval merry cleric derailed by a costume change; a machine-run world that imprisons men’s minds while conscripting their bodies; a dead Roman scribe stranded this side of the River Acheron. The overarching scene of this short novel is set in Soviet Moscow, in the ominous 1920s. Known only by pseudonym, like Chesterton’s anarchists in fin-de-siècle London, the Letter Killers are as mistrustful of one another as they are mesmerized by their despotic president. Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky is at his philosophical and fantastical best in this extended meditation on madness.”
Have you read it? What did you think?
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Here is what I got for the previous Classics Spins:
For Classics Spin #14, I got #1: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
For Classics Spin, #15, I got #12: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
For Classics Spin, #16, I got #4: Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc
For Classics Spin, #17, I got #3: The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe (not yet reviewed!!)
For Classics Spin, #19, I got #1: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
For Classics Spin, #20, I got # 19: The Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin
For Classics Spin, #21, I got # 5: On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov
For Classics Spin, #22, I got # 13: Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki
For Classics Spin, #24, I got # 18: The Sleepwalkers, by Hermann Broch, which I didn’t take time to read!!
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