Friday, January 08, 2010
Daniil Kharms is The Decade's Best
Today I Wrote Nothing, translated by Matvei Yankelevich was included in The Mark’s (CAN) “Ten Best Books of the Aughts” list: “When Daniil Kharms died of hunger in a Soviet asylum in 1942, he was still a young man, an ascending writer who enjoyed a modest popularity in his native Russia as the author of children’s stories. It wasn’t until the 1970s that his work for adults – night-town fairy tales warped in a funhouse mirror – appeared in his home country. Finally, we have an English version. Kharms was a major writer who died too early, but the little he left us is haunting, deeply human, terrifying, and often hilarious.”
In other Daniil Kharms news, on Saturday, January 9th at 8pm, New Yorkers are in for a avant garde treat. The Drama Book Shop (40th St between 7th and 8th Ave) will be hosting a raucous night of theatre including three Daniil Kharms vignettes translated by Matvei Yankelevich.
Also in New York this month, Brooklyn theater trio The Debate Society is performing Kharm’s play "A Thought About Raya" at the 2010 Other Forces Festival.
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