In the House of the Hanged: Essays and Vers Libres

In the House of the Hanged: Essays and Vers Libres

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By Sasha Sokolov Translated from the Russian and annotated by Alexander Boguslawski
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2011
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240 Pages
ISBN 9781442643307
Published Apr 2012
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Arguably the most important living Russian writer, Sasha Sokolov is an acknowledged literary master. Widely admired for his ability to elevate prose to the level of poetry, he is also known for his craftsmanship and phenomenal use of language. Until now, however, English-speaking audiences have only had access to a few of his acclaimed works — novels A School for Fools (1977) and Astrophobia (1989), and the essay ‘The Anxious Pupa.’ In The House of the Hanged features the first-ever translation of thirteen of Sokolov's major essays and free verses.

Exploring universal truths concerning language, the role of the artist, talent, and virtuosity, these texts provide key insight into the development of Sokolov's shorter forms. Each is accompanied by explanatory notes and an annotated index developed by Alexander Boguslawski in conjunction with Sokolov himself. These serve to contextualize Sokolov's Russian cultural and linguistic references, and allow worldwide audiences to enjoy his astounding erudition, wit, curiosity, and ever-developing talent.

Alexander Boguslawski is a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rollins College.


1 On Secret Tablets

2 In the House of the Hanged

3 Having Discovered It — Having Flung It Open — Having Given It Wings 

4 Palisandre — C'est Moi?

5 The Key Word of Literature

6 A Portrait of the Artist in America: Waiting for the Nobel

7 An Anxious Pupa

8 The Shared Notebook or a Group Portrait of Smog

9 A Mark of Illumination: A Stab at Topical Prose

10 An Abstract

11 About the Other Encounter

12 A Discourse

13 Gazebo

14 Philornist


Index to Names and Places

‘There is much to be gleaned in this collection… Alexander Boguslawski has published an interesting capstone to Sokolov’s literary career, in English translation- a tribute that, at least, reminds the reader of the phenomenon of Sasha Sokolov.’

Cynthia Simmons, Slavic & East European Journal vol 58:01:2014