The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi

The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi

by Eugene Ostashevsky


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An original collection from one of the most active poets in contemporary literature.

The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi
is a poem-novel about the relationship between a pirate and a parrot who, after capturing a certain quantity of prizes, are shipwrecked on a deserted island, where they proceed to discuss whether they would have been able to communicate with people indigenous to the island, had there been any. Characterized by multilingual punning, humor puerile and set-theoretical, philosophical irony and narrative handicaps, Eugene Ostashevsky’s new large-scale project draws on sources as various as early modern texts about pirates and animal intelligence, old-school hip-hop, and game theory to pursue the themes of emigration, incomprehension, untranslatability, and the otherness of others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681370903
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: NYRB Poets Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Eugene Ostashevsky was born in Leningrad in 1968 and immigrated with his family to New York in 1979. He is the author of the poetry collections Iterature and The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza, both of which are published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and a scholar and translator of Russian avant-garde and contemporary poetry, especially by the 1930s underground writers Alexander Vvedensky and Daniil Kharms. He currently lives in Berlin and New York and teaches literature in the Liberal Studies program at New York University. His contributions to New York Review Books include translating Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think (winner of the 2014 National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association) and The Fire Horse: Children’s Poems by Mayakovsky, Mandelstam, and Kharms.

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