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Kharms (Charms), Daniil

· Gerald Janecek: Everything Has Already Been Written. Moscow Conceptualist Poetry and Performance · Russian Absurd. Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms · DANIIL KHARMS (CHARMS): SOMMERGARTEN · DANIIL KHARMS: MAKAROV AND PETERSEN (no. 3) · Daniil Kharms (Charms): Blue Notebook No. 10 · Daniil Kharms (Charms) · Ivo van Leeuwen: Portrait of Daniil Kharms

Gerald Janecek: Everything Has Already Been Written. Moscow Conceptualist Poetry and Performance

In this book, Gerald Janecek provides a comprehensive account of Moscow Conceptualist poetry and performance, arguably the most important development in the arts of the late Soviet period and yet one underappreciated in the West.

Such innovative poets as Vsevolod Nekrasov, Lev Rubinstein, and Dmitry Prigov are among the most prominent literary figures of Russia in the 1980s and 1990s, yet they are virtually unknown outside Russia. The same is true of the numerous active Russian performance art groups, especially the pioneering Collective Actions group, led by the brilliantly inventive Andrey Monastyrsky.

Everything Has Already Been Written strives to make Moscow Conceptualism more accessible, to break the language barrier and to foster understanding among an international readership by thoroughly discussing a broad range of specific works and theories.

Janecek’s study is the first comprehensive analysis of Moscow Conceptualist poetry and theory, vital for an understanding of Russian culture in the post-Conceptualist era.

Gerald Janecek: is a professor emeritus of Russian at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Look of Russian Literature: Avant-Garde Visual Experiments, 1900–1930; ZAUM: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Futurism; and Sight and Sound Entwined: Studies of the New Russian Poetry; and the editor of Staging the Image: Dmitry Prigov as Artist and Writer.

Everything Has Already Been Written.
Moscow Conceptualist Poetry and Performance
Gerald Janecek (Author)
Publication Date: December 2018
Studies in Russian Literature and Theory
312 pages
Northwestern University Press
-Paper Text – $39.95
ISBN 978-0-8101-3901-5
-Cloth Text – $120.00
ISBN 978-0-8101-3902-2

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Moscow Conceptualist Poetry and Performance
Gerald Janecek magazine

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Russian Absurd. Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms

A writer who defies categorization, Daniil Kharms has come to be regarded as an essential artist of the modernist avant-garde.

His writing, which partakes of performance, narrative, poetry, and visual elements, was largely suppressed during his lifetime, which ended in a psychiatric ward where he starved to death during the siege of Leningrad.

His work, which survived mostly in notebooks, can now be seen as one of the pillars of absurdist literature, most explicitly manifested in the 1920s and ’30s Soviet Union by the OBERIU group, which inherited the mantle of Russian futurism from such poets as Vladimir Mayakovsky and Velimir Khlebnikov.

This selection of prose and poetry provides the most comprehensive portrait of the writer in English translation to date, revealing the arc of his career and including a particularly generous selection of his later work.

DANIIL KHARMS (1905–1942) was a major figure in twentieth-century Russian and Soviet literature. An enigmatic and genre-bending artist, he was among the most significant voices in what came to be known as the literature of Russian absurdism.

ALEX CIGALE was awarded an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship in 2015. His translations from Russian and his original poetry in English have appeared in such journals as the New England Review, PEN America, TriQuarterly, and World Literature Today.

“…lively and funny… a profound and subtle testament to Kharms.” —Times Literary Supplement

Daniil Kharms:
Russian Absurd.
Selected Writings
Translated from the Russian by Alex Cigale
Northwestern World Classics
February 2017
ISBN 978-0-8101-3457-7
280 pages
Trade Paper

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Russian Absurd
Selected Writings
Daniil Kharms;
Translated from the Russian by Alex Cigale magazine

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Daniil Kharms



Michajlov ging durch den Sommergarten,

eine Hängematte unter seinem Arm.

Er suchte ganz lange,

wo er die Hängematte aufhängen könnte.

Doch überall störten die lästigen Wärter.

Michajlov überlegte es sich anders

und setzte sich auf eine Bank.

Auf der Bank lag eine hinter gelassen Zeitung.

Eine hinter gelassen Zeitung.

Michajlov setzte sich auf die Zeitung

Und überlegte schnell weiter. magazine

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Daniil Kharms


МАКАРОВ: Тут, в этой книге написано, о наших желаниях и об исполнении их. Прочти эту книгу, и ты поймешь, как суетны наши желания. Ты также поймешь, как легко исполнить желание другого и как трудно исполнить желание свое.
ПЕТЕРСЕН: Ты что-то заговорил больно торжественно. Так говорят вожди индейцев.
МАКАРОВ: Эта книга такова, что говорить о ней надо возвышенно. Даже думая о ней, я снимаю шапку.
ПЕТЕРСЕН: А руки моешь, прежде чем коснуться этой книги.
МАКАРОВ: Да, и руки надо мыть.
ПЕТЕРСЕН: Ты и ноги, на всякий случай, вымыл бы!
МАКАРОВ: Это неостроумно и грубо.
ПЕТЕРСЕН: Да что же это за книга?
МАКАРОВ: Название этой книги таинственно…
ПЕТЕРСЕН: Хи-хи-хи!
МАКАРОВ: Называется эта книга МАЛГИЛ.
(Петерсен исчезает)
МАКАРОВ: Господи! Что же это такое? Петерсен!
ГОЛОС ПЕТЕРСЕНА: Что случилось? Макаров! Где я?
МАКАРОВ: Где ты? Я тебя не вижу!
ГОЛОС ПЕТЕРСЕНА: А ты где? Я тоже тебя не вижу!.. Что это за шары?
МАКАРОВ: Что же делать? Петерсен, ты слышишь меня?
ГОЛОС ПЕТЕРСЕНА: Слышу! Но что такое случилось? И что это за шары?
МАКАРОВ: Ты можешь двигаться?
ГОЛОС ПЕТЕРСЕНА: Макаров! Ты видишь эти шары?
МАКАРОВ: Какие шары?
ГОЛОС ПЕТЕРСЕНА: Пустите!.. Пустите меня!.. Макаров!..
(Тихо. Макаров стоит в ужасе, потом хватает книгу и раскрывает ее).
МАКАРОВ (читает): “…Постепенно человек утрачивает свою форму и становится шаром. И став шаром, человек утрачивает все свои желания”.


Makarov und Petersen (no. 3)
Makarov: In diesem Buch hier ist alles über unsere Wünsche und deren Erfüllung geschrieben. Lies dieses Buch, und du wirst verstehen, wie nichtig unsere Wünsche sind. Du wirst auch verstehen, wie leicht es ist, einem anderen einen Wunsch zu erfüllen, und wie schwer es ist, sich selbst einen Wunsch zu erfüllen.
Petersen: Du hast es, nicht wahr, sehr feierlich gesagt. Die Indianerhäuptlinge sprächen mal so.
Makarov: Das ist ein solches Buch, davon man nur Erhabenes sprechen kann. Wenn ich nur daran denke, nehme ich meinen Hut ab.
Petersen: Wäschest du auch die Hände, bevor du es berührst?
Makarov: Ja, die Hände soll man auch waschen.
Petersen: Dann wüschest du auch mal die Füsse, um an der sicheren Seite zu sein.
Makarov: Das war nicht witzig und grob.
Petersen: Was ist es nur für ein Buch?
Makarov: Der Titel des Buches ist geheimnisvoll…
Petersen: Ha-ha-ha!
Makarov: Dieses Buch ist genannt MALGIL.
Petersen verschwindet.
Makarov: O Gott! Was ist denn das? Petersen!
Petersens Stimme: Was ist passiert? Makarov! Wo bin ich?
Makarov: Wo bist du? Ich kann dich nicht sehen.
Petersens Stimme: Und wo bist du denn? Ich kann dich auch nicht sehen!.. Was sind diese Sphären?
Makarov: Was sollen wir tun? Petersen, kannst du mich hören?
Petersens Stimme: Ich höre! Aber was ist denn passiert? Und was sind diese Sphären?
Makarov: Kannst du dich bewegen?
Petersens Stimme: Makarov! Siehst du diese Sphären?
Makarov: Welche Sphären?
Petersens Stimme: Laßt mich los!.. Laßt mich!.. Makarov!..
Stille. Makarov bleibt stehen in Erschrecken, dann greift das Buch und öffnet es.
Makarov (liest): “Allmählich verliert der Mensch seine Gestalt und wird in eine Sphäre verwandt. Und sobald er eine Sphäre wird, verliert er alle seine Wünsche.”

Makarov and Petersen (No. 3)
Makarov: This book here is about our desires and how to fulfill them. Read this book and you will understand the whole fuss about desire. You will also understand how easy it is to fulfill someone else’s desire and how hard it is to fulfill your own.
Petersen: You talk way too serious. You sound like an Indian leader.
Makarov: This book deserves to be spoken of with eminence. I take my hat off when I think about this book.
Petersen: Do you wash your hands right before you touch it?
Makarov: Yes, the hands must be washed.
Petersen: Do you think feet must be washed too?
Makarov: This is not funny but rude.
Petersen: So what is this book called?
Makarov: This book has a mysterious name…
Petersen: He-he-he!
Makarov: This book is called MALGIL.
(Petersen disappears
Makarov: Oh my God! What is this? Petersen!
Petersen’s voice: What happened? Makarov! Where am I?
Makarov: Where are you? I don’t see you!
Petersen’s voice: And where are you? I don’t see you either!.. What are these spheres?
Makarov: What shall I do? Petersen, do you hear me?
Petersen’s voice: I hear you! But what happened? And what are these spheres?
Makarov: Can you move?
Petersen’s voice: Makarov! Do you see these spheres?
Makarov: What spheres?
Petersen’s voice: Let me go!.. Let me go!.. Makarov!..
(Silence. Makarov stands terrified, than grabs the book and opens it).
Makarov (reads): “…Gradually, the man losses his shape and becomes a sphere. After he becomes a sphere, man losses all of his desires.”

Daniil Kharms (Charms) Gedichte
Lino: Ivo van Leeuwen magazine

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Daniil Kharms (Charms): Blue Notebook No. 10

Daniil Kharms



Blue Notebook No. 10 or The Red-Haired Man

Once, there was a red-haired man who had no eyes and no ears. Because he had no hair either, he was called “red-haired man” but only theoretically. He couldn’t speak since he had no mouth. He didn’t have a nose either. He also had no legs and no arms. He had no stomach, no back, no spine, and he also had no interior whatsoever. He had nothing at all! Therefore, it is not clear who we are actually talking about. In fact, we would rather not talk about him any more.



Жил один рыжий человек, у которого не было глаз и ушей. У него не было и волос, так что рыжим его называли условно. Говорить он не мог, так как у него не было рта. Носа тоже у него не было. У него не было даже рук и ног. И живота у него не было, и спины у него не было, и хребта у него не было, и никаких внутренностей у него не было. Ничего не было! Так что не понятно, о ком идет речь. Уж лучше мы о нем не будем больше говорить.


Daniil Kharms (Charms) poetry magazine

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Daniil Kharms (Charms)

Lino: Ivo van Leeuwen

D a n i i l   K h a r m s

(1905-1942) magazine 

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Ivo van Leeuwen: Portrait of Daniil Kharms

Ivo van Leeuwen:  Portrait of Daniil Kharms  (1905-1942)
gallery of poets’ portraits:  lino © ivo van leeuwen magazine

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