Svetlana Boym's Architecture of the Off-Modern is an imaginative tour through the history and afterlife of Vladimir Tatlin's legendary but unbuilt Monument to the Third International of 1920. Boym traces the vicissitudes of Tatlin's tower, from its reception in the 1920s to its privileged recall in "the reservoir of unofficial utopian dreams" of the Soviet era. Boym offers an alternative history of modernism, postulating the "architecture of adventure" as a poetic model for "third-route" thinking about technology, history, and aesthetic culture.
Svetlana Boym is professor of Slavic languages and literatures and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. She is also a media artist, curator, and author of The Future of Nostalgia, Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia, and Death in Quotation Marks: Cultural Myths of the Modern Poet.