Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky wrote five novellas, a hundred or so stories, a dozen plays, screenplays, librettos and essays. Even with this prolific output he went to his grave a ‘literary non-entity’. Unearthed by chance, his collected works, some 3,000 pages, are only now being published in Russian. As with his better-known contemporary, Bulgakov, Krzhizhanovsky was born in Kiev and moved to Moscow in the early 1920s. The Bolshevik Revolution had put an end to his brief career as a lawyer, freeing him to devote all of his mind and energy to writing and philosophy.