Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms

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Overlook Press, May 27, 2009 - Fiction - 288 pages
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As featured in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The New York Times Book Review.

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's archives, being recognized internationally. Thanks to the efforts of translator and poet 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.

Both a major contribution for American scholars and students of Russian literature and an exciting discovery for fans of contemporary writers as eclectic as George Saunders, John Ashbery, and Martin McDonagh, Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writing of Daniil Kharmsis an invaluable collection for readers of innovative writing everywhere.

Translated from the Russian by Matvei Yankelevich

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Love this lesser known Russian writer. - Goodreads
Russian writing at it's most absurd. - Goodreads
Some of the best writing pieces were the longer ones. - Goodreads
Favorite Soviet-era absurdist writer. - Goodreads

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Page after page of rambling silly nonsense. Interesting if you're into that sort of thing. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

DANIIL KHARMS (1905-1942) was born in St. Petersburg and grew up amidst the Bolshevik revolution. As a young man he became well known, along with other writers in the OBERIU movement he founded, as an eccentric poet and performer of the early Soviet literary scene. He died of starvation in state custody after being arrested on suspicion of anti-Soviet activities.

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