By Jose Manuel Prieto
In Encyclopedia of a lifestyles in Russia, acclaimed writer José Manuel Prieto has masterfully crafted a kaleidoscopic portrait of post-Communist Russia. Strikingly poetic and cleverly funny, it's the tale of 2 misfits stuck among outdated global traditions and the trap of up to date Western affects as they trigger on an experience to immerse themselves within the fantastic thing about the world.
Thelonius Monk (not his genuine identify) and Linda Evangelista (not her genuine identify) meet in Saint Petersburg after the Soviet Union's cave in in 1991. They trip to Yalta, the place Thelonius can provide to make Linda well-known within the style magazines. yet in reality, he's drafting a singular approximately her. Over the process their travels, the 2 delight in every kind of sensual amusements—extravagant dinners, luxurious autos, beach hotels—while they have interaction in grand discussions of affection, paintings, big name, and different existential polarities.
Alphabetically equipped from Abacus to Zizi, this booklet defies chronology and conformity. discovering the elegant within the trivial via meditations on wildly assorted topics of truth and fancy—from Bach and Dostoyevsky to Italian alligator sneakers and fluoride toothpaste—Prieto ardently explores the crossroads of literature, philosophy, heritage, and pa tradition during this singular novel that captures a state straddling customized and innovation.
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As García Düttman writes of Agamben’s reading of Benjamin’s integral actuality, the idea of prose evades either “poetic singularity” 26 or “philosophic generality” in order to present “the thing no longer separated from its intelligibility . ” The world of integral actuality establishes a “between” that is no longer oriented to “two extremes” but rather “exceeds what it simultaneously separates and brings together . ” However, one cannot “persist within pure possibility” since one would no longer be hesitating before its fulfillment.
For Levinas, however, we can only know of our death, of our finitude, in experiencing the deaths of others. ”79 For Nancy, the experience of Bataillean sovereignty is an “abandonment” of being to what is outside itself. ”83 Heidegger’s “authentic being” and organic community is rejected as a being-toward (or working toward) subject to the future; instead, where community denotes only a limit that is interrupted as soon as it is reached, it is “unworked” (désouvrée). Anything one might offer as a “work,” whether it is a people, a nation, or a work of art, is “abandoned” at this limit, its proposal of exemplarity withdrawn.
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