"A rambling, digressive stylist, Shklovsky throws off brilliant aperus on every page . . . Like an architect's blueprint, it lays bare the joists and studs that hold up the house of fiction." -Washington Post "In their heterogeneity, their subversive undercurrents, their way of achieving inclusion through use of digression while simultaneously using digressions as means of being pointed, the works of Viktor Shklovsky are so appropriate to our contemporary situation as to seem to have been written for us. His writings do precisely what he has said it is art's goal to do: they 'restore . . . sensation of the world,' they 'resurrect things and kill pessimism.'" -Lyn Hejinian "Shklovsky is a disciple worthy of Sterne. He has appropriated the device of of infinitely delayed events, of the digression helplessly promising to return to the point, and of disguising his superbly controlled art with a breezy nonchalance. But it is not really Sterne that Shklovsky sounds like: it is an intellectual and witty Hemingway." -National Review
A leading figure in the Russian Formalist movement of the 1920s, Viktor Shklovsky (1893-1984) had a profound effect on twentieth-century Russian literature. Several of his books have been translated into English, including Zoo, or Letters Not About Love; Theory of Prose; Knights Move; and A Hunt for Optimism, all available from Dalkey Archive Press.