Architecture of the Off-Modern
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Architecture of the Off-Modern

Svetlana Boym's Architecture of the Off-Modern is an imaginative tour through the history and afterlife of Vladimir Tatlin's legendary but unbuilt Monument to the Third International of 1920. Boym traces the vicissitudes of Tatlin's tower, from its reception in the 1920s to its privileged recall in "the reservoir of unofficial utopian dreams" of the Soviet era. Boym offers an alternative history of modernism, postulating the "archite...

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Ninochka: A Novel

A playful literary mystery set in the 1930s and 1990s, Ninochka tells the double tale of two women exiles who are both homesick and sick of home. Tanya, a Russian immigrant living in New York, travels to Paris in an attempt to reconstruct the secret life of Nina B., who was murdered there almost sixty years ago, on the eve of World War II. The murder was never solved, and in an attempt to crack the case, Tanya takes possession of Nin...

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Death in Quotation Marks: Cultural Myths of the Modern Poet

Marina Tsvetaeva s address to Rilke, already deceased, poetically expresses the desire that motivated my work—a desire to shift, reopen, or make visible the numerous quotation marks around the words "life," "death," and "art," and expose critical "fabrications" about them. A reconsideration of the relationship between a literary persona, a biographical person, and a cultural personage will help me to elaborate cultural mythologies of...