By Neil Cornwell
Daniil Kharms (1905-42), Leningrad absurdist of the Twenties and 30s, was once with regards to the final consultant of the Russian literary avant-garde, whose careers and lives have been blighted and curtailed amid the cultural and ancient excesses of Stalinism. Unpublished and undiscussed for many years, Kharms's works progressively started to emerge from obscurity or from table drawers within the Nineteen Sixties, showing first and foremost regularly in another country, till glasnost introduced them to the Soviet reader within the overdue Nineteen Eighties. learn on Kharms and his circle remains to be constructing and e-book in their works continues to be in growth. basically now, as his complete surviving paintings takes form, is the true value of Kharms's contribution to Russian and ecu literature starting to be measurable. the current quantity of essays and different fabrics, assembled by means of best western and Russian students within the box, deals a primary complete and collective overview of this startlingly cutting edge exponent of brief prose, verse and drama.
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In actual fact, this is not really cynicism, but the naivety of the wise child who has noticed that the king is naked. This boy has not yet been besmirched by human stupidity and prejudice, by the wisdom of the age; in a certain respect he is still Adam before the Fall. So he just does not understand why certain phenomena of physiologicallife should be hushed up, why it is considered cynical to speak of them. He says wh at other people think but consider indecent to utter, sometimes even to themselves.
Zheleznov, entitled 'Literary aftairs (on the "chinari")'. This article described an incident which took place on the evening of the 28 March. A group of participants of the literary circle of the Institute of the History of Arts, among whom was Zheleznov, had sent a letter repeating the content of the newspaper article to the executive of the Union of Poets. This elicited an explantion from Kharms and Vvedensky: 36 Introductory 'Statement to the Leningrad Union of Poets from the Academy of Left Classics.
23-6. Jaccard, 1988b, p. 734; Gibian, 1987, pp. 9-10. Knut Hamsun, Mysteries, trans. by Gerry Bothmer (London: Picador, 1976) pp. 123-4. Cf. the following passage (p. 233): 'I've had an odd and beautiful dream about you. I dreamed that you were in the middle of a swamp, that I had been tormenting and bullying you, and that you kept thanking me. You threw yourself down and thanked me for not having bullied you and tortured you even more. ' On Hamsun and Starukha (which labours some rather dubious paraIleis but ignores these passages), see Scotto, 1986.
Daniil Kharms and the Poetics of the Absurd: Essays and Materials by Neil Cornwell