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Today I Wrote Nothing

Today I Wrote Nothing

The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms

  • Author: Daniel Kharms
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
  • ISBN: 9781590200421
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 288
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A comprehensive, English-language collection of prose and poetry by the late iconoclastic writer offers insight into his considerable achievements during the post-Soviet era as well as his lasting influence in spite of his government's efforts to suppress his work. Reprint.

Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms

Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms

  • Author: Daniel Kharms
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press
  • ISBN: 1468316109
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 288
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A master of formally inventive poetry and what today would be called micro-fiction, Kharms built off the legacy of Russian Futurist writers to create a uniquely deadpan style written out of and in spite of the absurdities of life in Stalinist Russia. Featuring the acclaimed novella The Old Woman and darkly humorous short prose sequence Events (Sluchai), Today I Wrote Nothing also includes dozens of short prose pieces, plays, and poems long admired in Russia, but never before available in English. A major contribution for American readers and students of Russian literature and an exciting discovery for fans of contemporary writers as eclectic as George Saunders, John Ashbery, and Martin McDonagh, Today I Wrote Nothing is an invaluable collection for readers of innovative writing everywhere. Daniil Kharms has long been heralded as one of the most iconoclastic writers of the Soviet era, but the full breadth of his achievement is only in recent years, following the opening of Kharms' archives, being recognized internationally. In this brilliant translation by Matvei Yankelevich, English-language readers now have a comprehensive collection of the prose and poetry that secured Kharms s literary reputation a reputation that grew in Russia even as the Soviet establishment worked to suppress it.

Tolstoy's Diaries Volume 1: 1847-1894

Tolstoy's Diaries Volume 1: 1847-1894

  • Author: R. F. Christian,Leo Tolstoy
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571324045
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 412
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'An important and long-overdue contribution to our knowledge of Tolstoy.' D. M. Thomas, Sunday Times Volume 1 of Tolstoy's Diaries covers the years 1847-1894 and was meticulously edited by R.F. Christian so as to reflect Tolstoy's preoccupations as a writer (his views on his own work and that of others), his development as a person and as a thinker, and his attitudes to contemporary social problems, rural life, industrialisation, education, and later, to religious and spiritual questions. Christian introduces each period with a brief and informative summary of the main biographical details of Tolstoy's life. The result is a unique portrait of a great writer in the variegation of his everyday existence. 'As a picture of the turbulent Russian world which Tolstoy inhabited these diaries are incomparable - the raw stuff not yet processed into art.' Anthony Burgess 'A model of scholarship, one of the most important books to be published in recent years.' A. N. Wilson, Spectator

On Doing Nothing

On Doing Nothing

Finding Inspiration in Idleness

  • Author: Roman Muradov
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN: 1452164398
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 112
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In an age of obsessive productivity and stress, this illustrated ode to idleness invites readers to explore the pleasures and possibilities of slowing down. Beloved author and illustrator Roman Muradov weaves together the words and stories of artists, writers, philosophers, and eccentrics who have pursued inspiration by doing less. He reveals that doing nothing is both easily achievable and absolutely essential to leading an enjoyable and creative life. Cultivating idleness can be as simple as taking a long walk without a destination or embracing chance in the creative process. Peppered with playful illustrations, this ebook is a refreshing and thought-provoking read.

Explodity

Explodity

Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art

  • Author: Nancy Perloff
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • ISBN: 1606065084
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 208
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The artists’ books made in Russia between 1910 and 1915 are like no others. Unique in their fusion of the verbal, visual, and sonic, these books are meant to be read, looked at, and listened to. Painters and poets—including Natalia Goncharova, Velimir Khlebnikov, Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich, and Vladimir Mayakovsky— collaborated to fabricate hand-lithographed books, for which they invented a new language called zaum (a neologism meaning “beyond the mind”), which was distinctive in its emphasis on “sound as such” and its rejection of definite logical meaning. At the heart of this volume are close analyses of two of the most significant and experimental futurist books: Mirskontsa (Worldbackwards) and Vzorval’ (Explodity). In addition, Nancy Perloff examines the profound differences between the Russian avant-garde and Western art movements, including futurism, and she uncovers a wide-ranging legacy in the midcentury global movement of sound and concrete poetry (the Brazilian Noigandres group, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Henri Chopin), contemporary Western conceptual art, and the artist’s book. Sound recordings of zaum poems featured in the book are available at www.getty.edu.

Letters to Molly

Letters to Molly

John Millington Synge to Maire O'Neill, 1906-1909

  • Author: John Millington Synge,Maire O'Neill,Ann Saddlemyer
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674528345
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 330
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The collected letters of the Irish playwright to his beloved Molly trace their romance until his early death

Letters to Felice

Letters to Felice

  • Author: Franz Kafka
  • Publisher: Schocken
  • ISBN: 0804150761
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 624
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Franz Kafka first met Felice Bauer in August 1912, at the home of his friend Max Brod. The twenty-five-year-old career woman from Berlin—energetic, down-to-earth, life-affirming—awakened in him a desire to marry. Kafka wrote to Felice almost daily, sometimes even twice a day. Because he was living in Prague and she in Berlin, their letters became their sole source of knowledge of each other. But soon after their engagement in 1914, Kafka began having doubts about the relationship, fearing that marriage would imperil his dedication to writing and interfere with his need for solitude. Through their break-up, a second engagement in 1917, and their final parting later that year, when Kafka began falling ill with the tuberculosis that would eventually claim his life, their correspondence continued. The more than five hundred letters that Kafka wrote to Felice over the course of those five years were acquired by Schocken from her in 1955. They reveal the full measure of Kafka's inner turmoil as he tried, in vain, to balance his need for stability with the demands of his craft. "These letters are indispensable for anyone seeking a more intimate knowledge of Kafka and his fragmented world." —Library Journal

A Little Tour through European Poetry

A Little Tour through European Poetry

  • Author: John Taylor
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 1412855306
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 298
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This book is both a sequel to author John Taylor’s earlier volume Into the Heart of European Poetry and something different. It is a sequel because this volume expands upon the base of the previous book to include many more European poets. It is different in that it is framed by stories in which the author juxtaposes his personal experiences involving European poetry or European poets as he travels through different countries where the poets have lived or worked. Taylor explores poetry from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Albania, Romania, Turkey, and Portugal, all of which were missing in the previous gathering, analyzes heady verse written in Galician, and presents an important poet born in the Chuvash Republic. His tour through European poetry also adds discoveries from countries whose languages he reads fluently—Italy, Germany (and German-speaking Switzerland), Greece, and France. Taylor’s model is Valery Larbaud, to whom his criticism, with its liveliness and analytical clarity, is often compared. Readers will enjoy a renewed dialogue with European poetry, especially in an age when translations are rarely reviewed, present in literary journals, or studied in schools. This book, along with Into the Heart of European Poetry, motivates a dialogue by bringing foreign poetry out of the specialized confines of foreign language departments.

Diary of an Evil Genius

Diary of an Evil Genius

  • Author: Gary Patella
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1465378782
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 127
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When does a character fall under the evil genius category? Victor Steingardt is the prototypical evil genius, (although admittedly not much), who is bent on ruling the world. At the start of the year, he picks up a journal and begins writing. Gary Patellas fiction, Diary of an Evil Genius, invites readers to follow this antiheros thoughts, taking a glimpse of how his mind works as his plans come to a close. Through his journal entries, readers are able to follow Victors plans. Some entries deal with global domination, while others go off on a tangent. Seasoned with witty and conceited remarks, Diary of an Evil Genius contains reflections of past events, and reflections on events of the day. Henchmen are also given some depth as they step into the spotlight. Each reader will have his or her own feelings about Victor the calculating, misogynistic, egotistical mastermind with the sole aim of global domination who tries to show that he is different from all of the others that have tried to rule the world. But whether he is loved or hated, his writings are sure to be enjoyed by many.