Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms

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Overlook Duckworth, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 287 pages
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Daniil Kharms has long been heralded as one of the most iconoclastic writers of the Soviet era, but the full breadth of his achievement is only in recent years, following the opening of Kharms? archives, being recognized internationally. In this brilliant translation by Matvei Yankelevich, English-language readers now have a comprehensive collection of the prose and poetry that secured Kharms's literary reputation'a reputation that grew in Russia even as the Soviet establishment worked to suppress it. A master of formally inventive poetry and what today would be called ?micro-fiction, ? Kharms built off the legacy of Russian Futurist writers to create a uniquely deadpan style written out of'and in spite of'the absurdities of life in Stalinist Russia. Featuring the acclaimed novella ?The Old Woman? and darkly humorous short prose sequence ?Events? (Sluchai), Today I Wrote Nothing also includes dozens of short prose pieces, plays, and poems long admired in Russia, but never before availa

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Picture a tall, thin man with blazing light blue eyes parading down the main pedestrian boulevard in a city wearing a tweed suit, Sherlock Holmes double-brimmed hat and smoking a curved ivory Sherlock ... Read full review

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A collection of the forgotten [1] Russian writer and poet, mostly short stories (or rather, short scenes) and a few scenes in verse. The stories are short, very funny, and dark! For example, in one of ... Read full review


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MATVEI YANKELEVICH is the author of a few chapbooks, including THE PRESENT WORK (Palm Press, 2006). He is also the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook, 2007; Ardis/Overlook paperback, 2009), and has contributed translations to OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern Univ., 2006), Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (FSG, 2008); and Contemporary Russian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2008) as well as many periodicals, including Harpers and The New Yorker. He teaches Russian Literature at Hunter College, and lives in Brooklyn. He is a founding member of Ugly Duckling Presse where he continues to design and edit various books of art, poetry, and translation.

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