Literary Nonfiction. Are you still wondering who is that boy at the beginning of Bergman’s Persona and what the damn movie is all about? And what is the point of those near-silent seven minutes at the end of Antonioni’s L’Eclisse? And what happens if you break the rules that Shklovsky thinks are the foundation of prose? And how would The Great Gatsby sound if written in super short sentences? And what about that big 450 page-long joke of a book Three Blondes and Death that was more than 20 years in the making? And ditto about the Modus Tollens: Improvised Poetic Devices collection the author calls heuristic poetry? You can find out this and much, much more in Yuriy Tarnawsky’s Claim to Oblivion some early readers have called “terrific.” Will you?
About the Author
Yuriy Tarnawsky has authored some three dozen books of fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and translations in Ukrainian and English, including the novels Meningitis, and Three Blondes and Death, the collections of short fictions Short Tails and Crocodile Smiles, The Placebo Effect Trilogy—a collection of interrelated mininovels Like Blood in Water, The Future of Giraffes, and View of Delft, as well as the play Not Medea and a volume of Heuristic poetry Modus Tollens. He was born in Ukraine, but was raised and educated in the West. An engineer and linguist by training, he has worked as computer scientist specializing in Artificial Intelligence and professor of Ukrainian literature and culture. He lives with his wife Karina in the New York City Metropolitan area.