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The Russian Avant-Garde Goes Underground

A Colloquium and a Reading With Anthony Anemone, Polina Barskova, Ainsley Morse, Eugene Ostashevsky, Peter Scotto, Bela Shayevich & Matvei Yankelevich

Apr 20, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Oberiu: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism book cover

• 2:00 pm Panel

• 4:30 pm Reading

In the late 1920s the group of young Russian writers who called themselves OBERIU seemed poised for avant-garde stardom, but the emergence of the Stalinist state, with its repression of avant-garde art, drove them underground. The editors and translators of Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think and Daniil Kharms’s Notebooks will discuss the lives and works of these writers, whom the Times Literary Supplement, The Nation and The Believer call “as relevant today as ever.”

Admission $10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members Location Kray Hall Sponsored By Poets House. Presented in conjunction with the Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia.


Apr 20, 2013
2:00 pm