Today I Wrote Nothing

Daniil Kharms has long been heralded as one of the most iconoclastic writers of the Soviet era, but the full extent of his achievement has only in recent years (following the opening of Kharms’ archives) been recognized internationally. In this brilliant translation by Matvei Yankelevich, English-language readers now have a comprehensive collection of the prose and poetry that secured Kharms’s literary reputation – a reputation that grew in Russia even as the Soviet establishment worked to suppress it.

A master of formally inventive poetry, and what today would be called “micro-fiction,” Kharms built off the legacy of Russian Futurist writers to create a unique deadpan style written out of (and in spite of) the absurdities of life in Stalinist Russia. Featuring the acclaimed novella “The Old Woman” and darkly humorous short prose sequences from “Events”, “Today I Wrote Nothing” also includes dozens of short prose pieces, plays, and poems – long admired in Russia, but never before available in English.

By: Ghost