Little Jinx
by Abram Tertz
translated by Larry P. Joseph and Rachel May
foreword by Edward J. Brown
Northwestern University Press, 1992
Paper: 978-0-8101-1041-0
Library of Congress Classification PG3476.S539K713 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.7344

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Little Jinx is a canny mockery of the Soviet world. Its author, Andrei Sinyavsky, a respectable member of the USSR's Institute for World Literature, was exposed in 1965 as the real author of a series of irreverent essays and fantastic tales that had been circulating under the nom de plume Abram Tertz. After five years in a labor camp he immigrated to Paris. Little Jinx is the tale of a man named Sinyavsky, a literary hack and runt who clumsily survives repression and anti-Semitism but also brings misery to those around him. When this "little jinx" inadvertently causes the death of his five brothers, he is consumed by a guilt that seems universal in his society.

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