By Neil Cornwell
Daniil Kharms (1905-42), Leningrad absurdist of the Nineteen Twenties and 30s, used to be as 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 Unpublished and undiscussed for many years, Kharms's works steadily started to emerge from obscurity or from table drawers within the Nineteen Sixties, showing at the start generally overseas, until eventually glasnost introduced them to the Soviet reader within the overdue Eighties. study on Kharms and his circle remains to be constructing and e-book in their works remains to be in development. purely now, as his complete surviving paintings takes form, is the true value of Kharms's contribution to Russian and ecu literature commencing to be measurable. the current quantity of essays and different fabrics, assembled by means of top western and Russian students within the box, bargains a primary complete and collective review of this startlingly leading edge exponent of brief prose, verse and drama.
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Iuvachev, for 17 (30) December 1905: 'The priest came and we started to settle the question of what to call our son. Together, we decided to call hirn Daniil. In the first place, today is Daniil's day; 2) twelve days ago, between five and six in the morning, I dreamed of hirn; 3) by his name "God's judgement" I can call both my personal sufferings of fourteen days and "Russia's revolution"; 4) my favourite prophet, from whom I construct my philosophy .. ' (ChS). 1915 Enrols in first form of the technical high school, which formed a part of Peterschule (the main German school of St Peter in Petrograd).
Bakhterev, Players: E. Vigiliansky and A. la. Grin. 3rd. Section. Theatricalized debate. Evening hosted by E. I. Vigiliansky' (ChS). During 1928: publication of the foHowing children's books by Kharms: Teatr (stikhi) ['Theatre (poems)']. Illustrations by Pravosudovich. Moscow, GIZ; 0 tom, kak Kol'ka Pan kin letal v Braziliu, a Pet'ka Ershov nichemu ne veril (rasskaz) [see 'February' above]. Illustrations by E. Evenbakh. Moscow-Leningrad, GIZ; Ozornaia probka (rasskaz) [see 'February' above]. Illustrations by E.
P. 120; translation mine): An old man was scratching himself with both hands. In places where he couldn't reach with two hands, the old man scratched himself with one, but, to make up for it, very, very quickly. And, while he was at it, he blinked quickly too. Another feature of Kharmsian extremism, frequently commented on in this collection, is his tireless quest for means to undermine his own narratives, or to enable them to self-destruct. Even more striking to many readers is the recurrence of Kharms's strange and extreme obsessions: with falling, accidents, victimization, mindless violence and sudden death.