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Faculty of Useless Knowledge Yury Dombrovsky

Faculty of Useless Knowledge

Yury Dombrovsky

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ISBN : 9781860460531
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533 pages
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This first English translation of Yury Dombrovskys massive, important novel, first published in Russian in 1978, reveals another master of the Stalinist era who can stand alongside Solzhenitsyn and Bulgakov. Dombrovskys tale of an exiledMoreThis first English translation of Yury Dombrovskys massive, important novel, first published in Russian in 1978, reveals another master of the Stalinist era who can stand alongside Solzhenitsyn and Bulgakov. Dombrovskys tale of an exiled intellectual who, in the far province of Alma-Ata, becomes an archeologist and is arrested and interrogated by a Stalinist prosecutor (who will later himself become a target of the Great Terror), is largely autobiographical. It is also vivid and courageous fiction, bringing to life a host of stunning characters including a young archeologist, an ex-priest obsessed with Christs betrayal in the Gospels, and an eccentric street artist with a penchant for outlandish attire and evocative, illogical paintings. The Faculty of Useless Knowledge is the crowning achievement by the author of The Keeper of Antiquities and The Dark Lady, and it will take its place among the masterworks of anti-totalitarian literature.