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Energy of Delusion: A Book on Plot by Viktor…

Energy of Delusion: A Book on Plot (edition 2007)

by Viktor Shklovsky

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Title:Energy of Delusion: A Book on Plot
Authors:Viktor Shklovsky
Info:Dalkey Archive Press (2007), Paperback, 428 pages
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I must admit that I haven't finished this book yet, but it is a highly entertaining and creatively unique book so far. I see that I am the only one at this time that has listed it and so I feel compelled to let you know that the language is beautiful. No one writes like Shklovsky. His thoughts meander back and forth through literature (mostly Russian) and his insights and sentences are uniques, conversational, and insightful. I love this book and don't want to finish it. ( )
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One of the greatest literary minds of the twentieth century, Viktor Shklovsky writes the critical equivalent of what Ross Chambers calls "loiterature"--writing that roams, playfully digresses, moving freely between the literary work and the world. In Energy of Delusion, a masterpiece that Shklovsky worked on over thirty years, he turns his unique critical sensibility to Tolstoy's life and novels, applying the famous "formalist method" he invented in the 1920s to Tolstoy's massive body of work, and at the same time taking Tolstoy (as well as Boccaccio, Pushkin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, and Turgenev) as a springboard to consider the devices of literature--how novels work and what they do.Available in English for the first time, Energy of Delusion provides contemporary readers with a new way of thinking about how great literature is written (and how great criticism might be) that is as timely today as ever.… (more)

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