I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary: The Notebooks, Diaries, and Letters of Daniil Kharms

Wednesday 19 February, 2014
5 - 6pm, $0

New School, Kaplan Hall
66 West 12 Street, Room A712 (Orozco Center)

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Join us at the book launch of "I am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary:" The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms, written by Daniil Kharms, translated and edited by Anthony Anemone, associate professor at The New School and Peter Scotto, and published by Academic Studies Press in 2013. 

In addition to his numerous works in prose and poetry for both children and adults, Daniil Kharms (1905 1942), one of the founders of Russia's lost literature of the absurd, wrote notebooks and a diary for most of his adult life. Published for the first time in recent years in Russian, these notebooks provide an intimate look at the daily life and struggles of one of the central figures of the literary avant-garde in Post-Revolutionary Leningrad. While Kharms's stories have been translated and published in English, these diaries represents an invaluable source for English-language readers who, having already discovered Kharms in translation, desire to learn about the life and times of an avant-garde writer in the first decades of Soviet power.

Anthony Anemone (BA, Columbia University; MA and PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Associate Professor with a joint-appointment in the SUS of NSPE and the Department of Literary Studies at Lang College.

Peter Scotto (BA, Columbia University;  MA and PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of Russian at Mt. Holyoke College.

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