Daniil Kharms was one of the most iconoclastic writers to emerge from the hotbed of the early Soviet avant garde. Kharms' uniquely deadpan style developed out of - and in spite of - the absurdities of life in Stalinist Russia. This collection is suitable for readers of innovative writing.
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 incarcerated by the state on suspicion of Anti-Soviet activities. Matvei Yankelevich is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Press. His translations and writings have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He teaches at Hunter College in New York City.