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Oberiu : An Anthology of Russian Absurdism
by Matvei Yankelevich and Thomas Epstein and Ilya Bernstein and Genya Turovskaya


Overview - OBERIU is an anthology of short works by three leading Russian absurdists: Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, and Nikolai Zabolotsky. Between 1927 and 1930, the three made up the core of an avant-garde literary group called OBERIU (from an acronym standing for The Union of Real Art).  Read more...

 
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Overview
OBERIU is an anthology of short works by three leading Russian absurdists: Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, and Nikolai Zabolotsky. Between 1927 and 1930, the three made up the core of an avant-garde literary group called OBERIU (from an acronym standing for The Union of Real Art). 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. Though difficulty to pigeon-hole, OBERIU and the pleasures of its poetry and prose are, with this volume, at long last fully open to English-speaking readers. 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810122932
  • ISBN-10: 0810122936
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publish Date: July 2006
  • Page Count: 258
  • Dimensions: 7.96 x 5.05 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.66 pounds

Series: European Classics

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Books > Literary Collections > European - General
Books > Literary Criticism > Russian & Former Soviet Union

 
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