In his essay Theory of Prose Shklovsky defines Andrej Belyj "the most interesting writer of our time" dedicating an entire chapter to him in which he dwells in particular on Kotik Letaev's "ornamental prose". The work is taken as an example by the scholar as a typical case of the pre-eminence of the material on pre-established ideologies such as Belyj's anthroposophy. Although not directly mentioned by Shklovsky, the originality of the subject and the point of view, the treatment of the plot and the verbal structure make Kotik Letaev one of the most representative works to highlight the use of the artifice of ostranenie through the particular treatment of images filtered by childlike perception.
The contribution aims to emphasize the strange aspects of the reality recreated and transmitted through the "mimic-gestural" language of a child who composes his own discovery of the world starting from unexpected sounds and images that literally present the usual as "seen for the first time".
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