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Art Is a Cupboard!

Tony Wood: Daniil Kharms

8 May 2008
Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms 
edited and translated by Matvei Yankelevich.
Overlook Duckworth, 287 pp., £20, October 2007, 978 1 58567 743 6
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... anglophones had to wait until the late 1980s for his prose. The principal difference between the new selection of Kharms, Today I Wrote Nothing, and those previously available is the number of poems MatveiYankelevich, the translator, includes; this makes it more representative of Kharms’s output as a whole, but the poetry is undeniably patchy. Neil Cornwell’s Incidences (1993) is a stronger volume ...

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