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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,137 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
“With remarkable precision and fluid language, the stories capture everyday tension in a land where an innocent knock on the door might mean entrapment in a bureaucratic maze or even death at the hands of the military.”—The New York Times Book Review
This collection of stories is composed of short miniatures, many of which the author called “incidents.” The quirky, bold wr
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Five Star (first published 1939)
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Tomas Ramanauskas
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: masterpiece
I thought I've seen the light after reading this book in 1999. Finally, I knew what was outrageously funny to me! I've been waken from my bankrupt teeny humour nightmare and transported to this weird, harsh, cynical, ironic, absurdist place. I was born again Charmsian. So I used to carry this tiny paperback around and read aloud to my friends. I've tortured my poor sister daily, opening the book and going "listen, listen, you will die laughing from this". She did laugh a bit, though. I have irri ...more
Ben Winch
I didn’t get this at first. The cover’s ugly, the edition nasty, and in the introduction someone called Simon McBurney writes about hearing Tom Waits on the radio while stuck in a traffic jam near Vine Avenue in L.A.. (Heartattack and Vine’s a favourite of mine too, friend, but some decorum, please!) Anyhow, eventually the penny dropped. Turns out Mr McBurney had some good advice after all: read it to children. And one day when my hyperactive eight-year old stepson wouldn’t sit still I tried it. ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non è un libro per persone seriose (Ahò!! Ho detto seriose, non serie)

I pro e i contro.

I pro: non so se l'appendice di Paolo Nori, anche nell'edizione "Marcos y Marcos" sia alla fine del libro. Nel qual caso, vi consiglio di leggerla prima di iniziare il libro, e non dopo; leggere prima la vita di Charms raccontata da Nori, aumenta la salivazione e rende la lettura più gustosa.

I contro: se avete l'edizioni Adelphi, anziché l'edizione Einaudi e Marcos y Marcos, siete forse più fortunati. Il fatt
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Jedna starica se usled svoje preterane radoznalosti nagnula kroz prozor, ispala i razmrskala se.
Kroz prozor se nagnula druga starica da bi videla onu koja se razmrskala, ali je usled svoje preterane radoznalosti takođe ispala kroz prozor, strmoglavila se i razmrskala.
Zatim je kroz prozor ispala treća starica, zatim četvrta, zatim peta.
Kada je ispala i šesta starica, meni je dosadilo da ih gledam, pa sam pošao na Maljcevsku pijacu gde su, kažu, jednom slepcu poklonili pleteni šal.

Evo, ja se zalj
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, russian
i read it and nearly fell of the bench laughing. then i was reading it to my friends on the subway and nearly fell of my seat laughing. then they were reading it to each other and nearly fell off their seats as well.

then we went home and that was all there was to it.
Rick Slane
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stalin nipped another great one in the bud. Kharms is a delightful mix of Kafka, Vonnegut & Brautigan.
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: russians
Stupidly, I googled Daniil Kharms just before settling in to write my review, and I stumbled upon George Saunders' NYT review of another Kharms book, in which Saunders somehow plagiarized all my ideas in advance, before recasting them in a much wittier form than I could ever hope to achieve. All of which I consider EXTREMELY DISCOURTEOUS.

The Absurdist movement in 1920's Leningrad reminds me of the doomed 'Visceral Realists' in The Savage Detectives, excep
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Rajoja rikkovaa sillä tavalla, joka melkein särkee päätä, koska missään ei ole mitään järkeä eikä mitään voi ymmärtää.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Io non capisco perchè tutti pensano che sono un genio: secondo me non sono, un genio. Ieri gli ho detto: Ascoltate! Ma che genio sarei? E loro mi han detto: Un genio. E io a loro Ma genio come? E loro non m'han detto come m'han detto solo che sono un genio che sono un genio. Ma secondo me io non sono, un genio.
Dovunque compaio, adesso tutti cominciano a sussurrare a indicarmi "Ben ma, che roba è" dico io. E loro non vogliono sentire ragioni ho sempre paura che da un momento all'altro mi prendo
Aug 25, 2008 rated it liked it
The translation is not as fluid as other English versions of his work, but this collection includes of some of Kharms' erotica I haven't read anywhere else. The stories are amazing, but the translation falls a little short for Kharms' prose.
Ajeje Brazov
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Com'è facile, per l'uomo, perdersi in cose insignificanti. Si può passare ore dal tavolo all'armadio, e dall'armadio al divano e non trovare un'uscita. Ci si può perfino dimenticare dove ci si trova e andare a sbattere con le braccia contro un armadietto sulla parete. 'Ooooh, armadietto" - gli si può dire. - Stai un po' attento!'. Oppure ci si può coricare per terra e mettersi a guardare la polvere. Anche in questo c'è dell'estro. E' meglio farlo per ore capendo sempre di più col passare del te ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitabı okurken Daniil Kharms'ın Puşkin ve Gogol'a obsesyon derecesinde takık bir yazar olduğunu pekala düşünebilirsiniz, belki de kafanızda sandalyesine yapışıp müstehzi bir ifadeyle "nasıl dalga geçiyorum ama! fena dalga geçtim di mi!" diyen bir yazar canlanabilir. Biraz kara mizah, biraz ustalara saygısızlık kuşağı. Edebiyatta dadaizm ve absürtlüğü sevenlerin hoşuna gidecektir bu; anlamsız, ucu açık, kısacık hikayelerin boca edildiği kitabın bilhassa son hikayesi tüm bu unsurlara rağmen insanı ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
An incredible book of ultra-short stories, dramatic fragments and weird non-fiction pieces... I grabbed this volume off the library shelf on impulse and I'm glad I did. It has turned out to be one of the most intriguing reads of the year so far...

This is pure Absurdism without any mitigating factors, individual prose fragments that make no sense on their own but when are regarded together with others of their kind seem to make a certain sense. Or rather, they echo and amplify each other (and som
Tobias Kask
Oct 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Incidences is a selection of works by mr. Kharms; a collection of short stories, essays and plays written in Soviet Russia during the 1930s. It is my first glimpse of "critically acclaimed" literary absurdism; a form of humor that I've always enjoyed but never been able to categorize. I'm still not sure if i can.

I've read some essays by Kharms before (which ultimately lead to me buying this book), and i I find myself myself going \(O_o)/ all the freaking time. The thing is, though, i enjoy going
Oddly hilarious, and hilariously odd, this collection of sundry writings by Kharms disturbs and charms. The so-called 'Incidents' make up much of the book, and are like literary candy - small stories that range from the mundane to the violent. Kharms experimented with micro forms way before the Internet age, but this style coincides with our trend towards bite-size chunks of information (I was reminded, in a way, of Jennifer Egan's Twitter-enabled short story for The New Yorker).

The use of drea
Madison Lynn
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
A predecessor to what we now deem "absurdism" and the most innovative reject of Russian Futurism, Daniil Kharms' writing is one of the most incisive literature in the past century. His short form prose takes brilliant steps to deconstruct fiction - one could spend an endless amount of time reading a single one of his "incidences" and continue to find new interpretations.

The only thing keeping me from giving this book a 5/5 rating is the translation - Saunders' adaptations are adequate but fall
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
My brother used to read this book to me when I was little. He is 20 years younger than me. He still hasn't learned how to read. He also doesn't know how to speak. In fact, I don't have a brother so maybe it's best not to talk about him anymore.
Nicholaus Patnaude
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Why couldn't he have written a novel? It would have rivaled "A Confederacy of Dunces." These stories are funny and outrageous and perfect for the easily bored. (Note: same stories as black coat anth.)
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preferiterrimi

Vorrei che si pubblicassero più disastri di questo genere e meno cazzate perfette di tutt'altro tipo.

Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okuması oldukça eğlenceli, bir amaç güdülmeden yazılmış sürreal öyküler...
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining collection of "incidences" by Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms. I couldn't think of anything more relevant to read for the start of 2017.
Erma Odrach
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
A book of short vignettes (often only a few paragraphs) by Russian surrealist/absurdist writer Daniil Kharms (1905-1942). They are witty, violent, sad, petty, clever, funny, and more. In one, Pushkin trips over Gogol, then Gogol trips over Pushkin and so on and so on; in another, old women plummet out the window, one after the other, and die; in yet another, Comrade Mashkin kills Comrade Koshkin; and let's not forget about Tolstoy going off neighing like a horse. These 'incidences' are inventive ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, translated
ไมคอยมีความรูเรืองรัสเซียสมัยตนศตวรรษที 20 หรอกนะวาเปนยังไง
แตเลมนีนีตลก absurd มาก
Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
the new yorker totally discovered this guy a full four months after i did. it's purely a coincidence that i'm recommending him to you the same week they published an old story of his.
Oskars Kaulēns
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brīnišķīgas likumsakarības absurda teātrī, kurā ikviens no mums ir aktieris. Lasīju un no bailēm smējos pilnā balsī.
Marko Suomi
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely great! I don't remember when was the last time I laughed so hard while reading. I want to read this again soon!
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illogica Genialità di un Moderato Rivoluzionario

Consigliato a Chi conosce la Violenza delle Parole
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have kind of mixed feelings about this book, a collection of writings by an avant-garde Russian writer of the 30s, mostly. As a book, this collects some heterogeneous parts-- the larger part of it is Kharms' project "Incidences," which apparently is a planned sequence of prose shorts, most of which are absurd in a formal sense-- that is, there's no planned coherence between the parts, weird things happen for no reason, etc. I found most of these kind of stupid-- the absurd parts weren't absurd ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russi
Alcune volte è così assurdo e senza senso da fare il giro e far ridere. Più spesso è solo nonsenso fine a se stesso e non mi ha detto nulla.
In questa edizione però non ci sono solo racconti, ci sono lettere (alcune serie, altre scherzose), pezzi del suo diario (straziante quando non lo pagavano e faceva la fame) e degli scritti teorici (che probabilmente ho letto senza la dovuta attenzione, ma perlopiù mi hanno annoiato).
Ho amato gli Aneddoti dalla vita di Puškin, La vecchia (parodia di Delitto
Roni Mäkinen
Olin kuullut paljon Harmsista, mutta petyin häntä lukiessani. Muutama juttu toimi kuin hyvä runo, mutta sitten alkoi kyllästyttää jatkuva absurditeeteilla pommitus. Katosi terä kun ei ollut vastapainoa.
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Daniil Ivanovich Yuvachev (Даниил Иванович Ювачёв) was born in St. Petersburg, into the family of Ivan Yuvachev, a well known member of the revolutionary group, The People's Will. By this time the elder Yuvachev had already been imprisoned for his involvement in subversive acts against the tsar Alexander III and had become a religious philosopher, acquaintance of Anton Chekhov during the latter's ...more
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