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OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (2006) [Anthology]
by Yakov Druskin Daniil Kharms Leonid Lipavsky Nikolai Oleinikov Alexander Vvedensky Nikolai Zabolotsky Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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It was a movement so artfully anarchic, and so quickly suppressed, that readers only began to discover its strange and singular brilliance three decades after it was extinguished-and then only in samizdat and emigre publications. Some called it the last of the Russian avant-garde, and others called it the first (and last) instance of Absurdism in Russia; however difficult to classify, it was OBERIU (from an acronym standing for The Union of Real Art), and the pleasures of its poetry and prose are, with this volume, at long last fully open to English-speaking readers.

This anthology includes the work of three writers, Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, and Nikolai Zabolotsky, who, between 1927 and 1930, made up the core of OBERIU, and of three others, Nikolai Oleinikov, Leonid Lipavsky, and Yakov Druskin, who, although not members of OBERIU, worked in the same vein. Skillfully translated to preserve the weird charm of the originals, these poems and prose pieces display all the hilarity and tragedy, the illogical action and puppetlike violence and eroticism, and the hallucinatory intensity that brought down the wrath of the Soviet censors. Today they offer an uncanny reflection of the distorted reality they reject.


  • Kuprianov and Natashaby Alexander Vvedensky
  • I Regret That I'm Not a Beast by Alexander Vvedensky
  • Frother by Alexander Vvedensky
  • A Certain Quantity of Conversations, or The Completely Altered Nightbook by Alexander Vvedensky
  • Elegyby Alexander Vvedensky
  • Where. When by Alexander Vvedensky
  • The Story of Sdygr Appr by Daniil Kharms
  • The Ewe by Daniil Kharms
  • Thing by Daniil Kharms
  • The Measure of Things by Daniil Kharms
  • The Saber Daniil Kharms
  • Notnow by Daniil Kharms
  • To Ring To Fly (Third Cisfinite Logic)by Daniil Kharms
  • The Werld by Daniil Kharms
  • An Evening Song to She Who Exists by My Name by Daniil Kharms
  • The Daughter of Patruliov by Daniil Kharms
  • Before Coming to See You by Daniil Kharms
  • The Constancy of Dirt and Joy by Daniil Kharms
  • An American Story by Daniil Kharms
  • Fenorov in America by Daniil Kharms
  • Kolpakov, Braggart by Daniil Kharms
  • Anton Antonovich Shaved Off His Beard by Daniil Kharms
  • The Career of Ivan Yakovlevich Antonov by Daniil Kharms
  • Holiday by Daniil Kharms
  • The Street Incident by Daniil Kharms
  • On the Death of Kazimir Malevich by Daniil Kharms
  • One Fat Man by Daniil Kharms
  • Death of a Little Old Man by Daniil Kharms
  • The New Mountain Climbers by Daniil Kharms
  • The Blue Notebook by Daniil Kharms
  • One Man Fell Asleep by Daniil Kharms
  • A Magazine Article by Daniil Kharms
  • A Man Once Walked Out of His House by Daniil Kharms
  • How I Was Visited by Messengers by Daniil Kharms
  • Passacaglia 1 by Daniil Kharms
  • Maltonius Olbren by Daniil Kharms
  • The Four-Legged Crow by Daniil Kharms
  • The Adventure of Katerpillar by Daniil Kharms
  • The Signs of the Zodiac Go Dark by Nikolai Zabolotsky
  • The Temptation by Nikolai Zabolotsky
  • The Triumph of Agriculture by Nikolai Zabolotsky
  • The Battle of Elephants by Nikolai Zabolotsky
  • The Test of the Will by Nikolai Zabolotsky
  • The Poem of Rain by Nikolai Zabolotsky
  • Time by Nikolai Zabolotsky
  • In Service of Science by Nikolai Oleinikov
  • Gluttony: A Ballad by Nikolai Oleinikov
  • To a Lady Unwilling to Renounce Consumption of Meat from Cherkassy by Nikolai Oleinikov
  • An Epistle to a Theatrical Actress by Nikolai Oleinikov
  • For the Recovery of Heinrich by Nikolai Oleinikov
  • Charles Darwin by Nikolai Oleinikov
  • The Fly by Nikolai Oleinikov
  • Zeros by Nikolai Oleinikov
  • Water Tractatus by Leonid Lipavsky
  • Death by Yakov Druskin
  • Letter to Kharms by Yakov Druskin
  • The End of the World by Yakov Druskin

Original title: OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism
Original languages: Russian


Genre: Poetry
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsPost-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental

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Edition #1: OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism

OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (2006)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Eugene Ostashevsky Matvei Yankelevich
Edited by: Eugene Ostashevsky
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OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Evanston, IL
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810122936
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 296

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