Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writing of Daniil Kharms

By Matvei Yankelevich, Daniil Kharms

Daniil Kharms has lengthy been heralded as some of the most iconoclastic writers of the Soviet period, however the complete breadth of his success is just in recent times, following the hole of Kharms' records, being famous the world over. during this superb translation via Matvei Yankelevich, English-language readers now have a accomplished selection of the prose and poetry that secured Kharms's literary reputation--a recognition that grew in Russia while the Soviet institution labored to suppress it.
A grasp of officially artistic poetry and what this day will be known as "micro-fiction," Kharms outfitted off the legacy of Russian Futurist writers to create a uniquely deadpan kind written out of--and in spite of--the absurdities of lifestyles in Stalinist Russia. that includes the acclaimed novella "The outdated Woman" and darkly funny brief prose series "Events" (Sluchai), this present day I Wrote not anything additionally comprises dozens of brief prose items, performs, and poems lengthy well-liked in Russia, yet by no means earlier than to be had in English.

A significant contribution for American readers and scholars of Russian literature and an exhilarating discovery for enthusiasts of latest writers as eclectic as George Saunders, John Ashbery, and Martin McDonagh, this present day I Wrote not anything is a useful assortment for readers of cutting edge writing in every single place.

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