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OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism

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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 émigré publications. Some called it the last of the Russian avant-garde, and others called it the first (and last) instance of Absurdism in Russia; however difficult ...more
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Published August 14th 2006 by Northwestern University Press
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Nov 27, 2010 Sam rated it really liked it
Because the Oberiu poets enjoyed using strict rhyme the way Oulipo writers dug theoretical procedures and constraints, it's difficult to speak about some of the poetry in this collection - who knows how much the translators fudged to work around slant rhymes and sound approximations? The poetry of Zabolotsky, especially, seems to suffer through translation, but what the hell do I know as a non Russian speaker? That being said, no amount of translation issues can stop the poetry of Alexander Vved ...more
May 17, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
OBERIU (Russian: ОБэРИу - Объединение реального искусства; English: the Union of Real Art or the Association for Real Art) was a short-lived avant-garde collective of Russian Futurist writers, musicians, and artists in the 1920s and 1930s. The group coalesced in the context of the "intense centralization of Soviet Culture" and the decline of the avant garde culture of Leningrad, as "leftist" groups were becoming increasingly marginalized.
Founded in 1928 by Daniil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky,
Mar 16, 2009 Buck rated it it was ok
Shelves: russians, poetry
Call me old-fashioned, call me a philistine, but I believe that a writer’s first duty is to be intelligible or, failing that, to be unintelligible in an interesting way. I’m not arguing for simplicity: Finnegans Wake is plenty intelligible as long as you’ve done some post-graduate work in modernist literature and know six or seven European languages. I’m arguing for a quota of coherence. By that measure, OBERIU is a failure. I’m sure that, in the original Russian, the poetry of the Soviet Absurd ...more
Nov 01, 2007 Andrew rated it it was amazing
these writers are a major revelation for me. Right place and right time. excellent introduction by the editor too.
"We’re mere infants when it comes to science.
But we do love the inch."
So much great writing in here.
Jason Rolfe
Dec 13, 2012 Jason Rolfe rated it really liked it
A brilliant anthology. Ostashevsky should be thanked profusely for putting this together for we otherwise deprived western readers!
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