Friday, April 6, 2012

It happened like this ...

Volkov mentions Daniil Kharms and other absurdist writers from the 20s and 30s, who found themselves out of favor on the Bolshevik government.  What Volkov doesn't mention is that Kharms turned to children's stories, when he was no longer able to publish his absurdist sketches and short stories.   He was a member of the Association of Writers of Children's Stories from 1928 until 1941, at which time he was imprisoned by the NKVD in Leningrad, and died during the Nazi blockade of 1942, like so many unwanted writers during Stalin's time.  He had founded OBERIU, a branch of the Russian avant-garde which paralleled the Dadaists,  inciting audiences with his absurd plays, much like Apollinaire in Paris.

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