Panel Discussion: The Old Woman, the OBERIU, and the Russian Dissident Tradition

Monday, June 9, 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion: The Old Woman, the OBERIU, and the Russian Dissident Tradition
Featuring Eugene Ostashevsky, Matvei Yankelevich, and Mark Krotov
Moderated by Ian Dreiblatt

BAM’s upcoming production of The Old Woman, adapted from a short story by Daniil Kharms, is part of a renewed interest in the work of the OBERIU (“Union of Real Art”), the early 20th century Russian avant garde collective founded by Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky. Brutally censored and repressed in Stalinist Russia, the group published no work, but staged absurdist performances and readings that had a profound impact on Russia’s literary and dissident tradition (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot describes the group as “Vvedensky’s students and heirs”). Now, a new effort to publish and translate Kharms’ and Vvedensky’s works is bringing their voices to American audiences, and shedding new light on their importance, especially in Russia’s present cultural climate. Tonight’s discussion of the legacy of the OBERIU features Matvei Yankelevich, translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook Press); Mark Krotov, the book’s editor at Overlook; and Eugene Ostashevsky, editor of Oberiu: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism and co-translator with Yankelevich of Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation For Me To Think (New York Review Books). Their discussion is moderated by respected Russian translator Ian Dreiblatt.

 

Event date: 

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 7:30pm

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686 Fulton Street
11217 Brooklyn
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Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms By Daniel Kharms Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781590200421
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 30th, 2009

OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (European Classics) By Eugene Ostashevsky (Editor) Cover Image
By Eugene Ostashevsky (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780810122932
Published: Northwestern University Press - August 14th, 2006

Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets) By Alexander Vvedensky, Matvei Yankelevich (Translated by), Eugene Ostashevsky (Editor), Eugene Ostashevsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Alexander Vvedensky, Matvei Yankelevich (Translated by), Eugene Ostashevsky (Editor), Eugene Ostashevsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590176306
Published: NYRB Poets - April 2nd, 2013