Autobiography of a Corpse (New York Review Books Classics) by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

By Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

An NYRB Classics Original

The stakes are wildly excessive in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s significant and blackly comedian philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new choice of 11 mind-bending and spellbinding stories contains a few of Krzhizhanovsky’s such a lot excellent conceits: a provincial journalist who strikes to Moscow reveals his life fed on by way of the autobiography of his room’s earlier occupant; the arms of a celebrated pianist’s correct hand run away to spend an evening on my own at the urban streets; a man’s lifelong quest to chew his personal elbow conjures up either a highly well known circus act and a brand new refutation of Kant. usual fact cracks open earlier than our eyes within the pages of Autobiography of a Corpse, and the intense spills out.

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The next half century was to demonstrate the difficulties in the relationship and to show whether the Principalities could accept Russian backing against the Ottoman suzerain and retain at least a degree of political autonomy. CHAPTER I The Russian protectorate With the establishment of peace in 1815 the Russian government had occasion to be well satisfied with European conditions. After the menace of French aggression and French-supported revolutionary upheaval was suppressed, Russia emerged as the predominant Continental military power.

With this social and economic situation, it is understandable why political power lay, and was to remain, in the hands of a relatively small minority. The boyars themselves were divided by their personal interests, and, of course, by the size of their estates and their comparative wealth. Those who held their rank because they belonged to ancient families felt superior to those who were enobled because of state 19 Russia and the Romanian national state service or for similar reasons. Many members of this class were well educated.

Since the border ran along the Kilia Channel of the Danube Delta, Russia became a riparian power of that river. The treaty also reconfirmed the previous privileges granted to the Principalities, including those which gave the Russian government predominant influence. After the negotiation of the treaty the Russian troops were withdrawn from the Principalities and sent home to meet the French invasion. The Ottoman government was not happy with the agreement: the chief negotiators were beheaded. Neither the Porte nor the Principalities were directly involved in the great campaigns that resulted in the final defeat of Napoleon.

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