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The Letter Killers Club
The Letter Killers Club | Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
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The Letter Killers Club is a secret society of self-described conceivers who, to preserve the purity of their conceptions, will commit nothing to paper. (What, after all, is your run-of-the-mill scribbler of stories if not an accomplished corruptor of conceptions?) The logic of the club is strict and uncompromising. Every Saturday, members meet in a firelit room filled with empty black bookshelves where they strive to top one another by developing ever unlikelier, ever more perfect conceptions: a rehearsal of Hamlet hijacked by an actor who vanishes with the role; the double life of a merry medieval cleric derailed by a costume change; a machine-run world that imprisons mens minds while conscripting their bodies; a dead Roman scribe stranded this side of the River Acheron. But in this book set in an ominous Soviet Moscow of the 1920s, the members of the club are strangely mistrustful of one another, while all are under the spell of its despotic President, and there is no telling, in the end, just how lethal the purely conceptualor, for that matter, lettersmay be.
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Written during Soviet Russia and #translated from Russian for #NYRB, this #novella focuses on a group of writers who refuse to commit their stories to paper any longer, believing that to write ideas down kills them. Instead, they meet once a week to share their stories orally with each other. This novella, comprised of the stories of the group and heavily based in western philosophy and literature, was an intellectual and rewarding read.

Reviewsbylola I love the title and cover! It sounds like a very rich read. 13mo
andrew61 That sounds great. 13mo
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