Sasha Sokolov, Shkola dlia durakov [School for Fools]

Deborah Hodgkinson (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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Shkola dlia durakov

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A School for Fools

] is a novel in five chapters. It is narrated in the first person by its schizophrenic adolescent hero known only as “student so-and-so”. The action is divided between the eponymous “School for Fools”, the family’s city apartment and, most vividly of all, the suburban

dacha

settlement where the student’s family own a summer house. The narration is in the form of an inner dialogue between the two halves of his personality (sometimes perfectly coherent, sometimes more stream-of-consciousness) as he describes his impressions in no discernible order, seamlessly mixing memory with speculation recounting conversations, experiences, and long lists of things he sees. The text bursts with youthful energy as the student rides along the settlement…

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Citation: Hodgkinson, Deborah. "Shkola dlia durakov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 April 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16756, accessed 03 March 2024.]

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