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Trepanation of the Skull
“Trepanation of the Skull is widely recognized as one of the most important books published in the post-Soviet period, a truly philosophical novel that explores the fictional nature of truth and reality. Susanne Fusso’s wonderful translation demonstrates both her outstanding knowledge of the Russian language and Russian culture and her sensitivity to Gandlevsky’s mode of writing.”—Alexandra Smith, University of Edinburgh
“That the poetry of [Gandlevsky’s] prose resonates in translation is a tribute to Susanne Fusso’s mastery of both modern, colloquial Russian and Gandlevsky’s milieu.” —World Literature Today
“Susanne Fusso has done an admirable job with this immensely complicated text.” —The Russian Review
Sergey Gandlevsky is widely recognized as one of the leading living Russian
poets and prose writers. His autobiographical novella Trepanation of the Skull is a portrait of the artist as a young late-Soviet man. At the center of the narrative
are Gandlevsky’s brain tumor, surgery, and recovery in the early 1990s. The
story radiates out, relaying the poet’s personal history through 1994, including
his unique perspective on the 1991 coup by Communist hardliners resisted by
Boris Yeltsin. Gandlevsky tells wonderfully strange but true episodes from the
bohemian life he and his literary companions led. He also frankly describes his epic alcoholism and his ambivalent adjustment to marriage and fatherhood.
Oct 2014 5.5x8.5 200 pages 3 illus.
Susanne Fusso is professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Wesleyan University. Her most recent book is Discovering Sexuality in Dostoevsky. She is the translator and editor of Vladimir Sergeevich Trubetskoi’s A Russian Prince in the Soviet State: Hunting Stories, Letters from Exile, and Military Memoirs.
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