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Zoo, or Letters Not About Love

While living in exile in Berlin, the formidable literary critic Viktor Shklovsky fell in love with Elsa Triolet. He fell into the habit of sending Elsa several letters a day, a situation she accepted under one condition: he was forbidden to write about love. ZOO, OR LETTERS NOT ABOUT LOVE is an epistolary novel born of this constraint, and although the brilliant and playful letters contained here cover everything from observations about contemporary German and Russian life to theories of art and literature, nonetheless every one of them is indirectly dedicated to the one topic they are all required to avoid: their author's own unrequited love.
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Viktor Shklovsky, a leading theoretician of Russian Formalism, has had a major influence on contemporary Russian literature, criticism, and film theory. Several of his books have been translated into English, including Third Factory, Sentimental Journey, and Theory of Prose.


"ZOO is an excellent example of experimentation with the narrative in the 1920s.... The style is futurist, for it turns the mechanical world into an emblem of longing and frustrated love." - Library Journal "ZOO is more than a moving evocation of the pain of exile and unrequited is also rich with literary history." - New Leader "...a work of gossip, allusion and esoteric reference." - John Bayley, Listener "...a bizarre and brilliant book." - Charles Simmons, New York Times "...revitalises the traditional epistolary novel." - Choice

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