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Oberiu: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (European Classics) Paperback – August 14, 2006
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"The OBERIU writers are a revelation, an aspect of Russian modernism in the early Soviet period that has been largely invisible to readers in English, and these translations are brilliant, as nervy and funny and demotic as if the work were written in an inspired English in the first place." -- Robert Hass
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Some important information about the anthology is missing from the general Amazon description:
First of all, the anthology is EDITED by Eugene Ostashevsky. But the authors of the works included in Northwestern Univ. Press's "OBERIU" Anthology are:
1. Daniil Kharms (poet, playwright, prose-miniaturist)
2. Alexander Vvedensky (considered the most radical poet of the group)
3. Nikolai Zabolotsky (poet)
4. Leonid Lipavsky (philosopher)
5. Nikolai Oleinikov (poet)
6. Iakov Druskin (philosopher, music theorist, theologian)
Some of the original members of the Oberiu group (founded in 1928) whose texts were not included in the anthology are:
1. the poet and revered prose-modernist Konstantin Vaginov
2. and the poet Igor Bakhterev (the youngest member of the group)
I hope this short comment will help those who are interested in the works of the so-called OBERIU writers (or Russian Absurdists as they are sometimes referred to), find out more about these audacious artists, unique thinkers, and innovative writers.
"OBERIU, sometimes called Russia's last avant-garde, is one of the most intriguing and little-known movements of the years before World War II. The absurdist poets at its center--Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, and Nikolai Zabolotsky--belonged to the first generation of writers to come of age after the October Revolution and hence stand apart from their futurist predecessors. Less interested in coining neologisms than in `destroying the protocols of semantic coherence and linguistic realism,' these poets have produced a series of inventive, freewheeling, and often hilarious poetic texts in a variety of forms and genres. This anthology, the first large-scale English translation of OBERIU poetry, has been superbly edited and translated by the Russo-American poet Eugene Ostashevsky and his colleagues. In avant-garde annals, this is a milestone."--Marjorie Perloff
"The OBERIU writers are a revelation, an aspect of Russian modernism in the early Soviet period that has been largely invisible to readers in English, and these translations are brilliant, as nervy and funny and demotic as if the work were written in an inspired English in the first place."--Robert Hass
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