Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation for Me to Think by Alexander Vvedensky

By Alexander Vvedensky

“Pussy rebel are Vvedensky's disciples and his heirs. Katya, Masha, and that i are in prison yet I don’t think about that we’ve been defeated.... in line with the authentic document, Alexander Vvedensky died on December 20, 1941. We don’t comprehend the reason, no matter if it was once dysentery within the teach after his arrest or a bullet from a shield. It was once someplace at the railway line among Voronezh and Kazan. His precept of ‘bad rhythm’ is our personal. He wrote: ‘It occurs that rhythms will come into your head, a superb one and a foul one and that i decide on the undesirable one. will probably be the best one.’ ... it truly is believed that the OBERIU dissidents are lifeless, yet they survive. they're persecuted yet they don't die.” — Pussy revolt [Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s final assertion at their
trial in August 2012]

“I raise[d] my hand opposed to concepts,” wrote Alexander Vvedensky, “I enacted a poetic critique of reason.” This weirdly and fantastically philosophical poet used to be born in 1904, grew up in the middle of warfare and revolution, and reached his inventive adulthood as Stalin was once twisting the that means of phrases in ugly and deadly methods. Vvedensky—with Daniil Kharms the key determine within the short–lived underground avant-garde workforce OBERIU (a neologism for “the union for genuine art”)—responded with a poetry that explodes reliable which means into shimmering streams of provocation and invention. A Vvedensky poem is sort of a loopy social gathering jam-packed with theater, movie, magic tips, jugglery, and feasting. Curious characters seem and disappear, euphoria retains corporation with depression, outrageous assertions bring about epic shouting suits, and maybe all of it breaks off with one lonely individual making a song a song.

A Vvedensky poem doesn’t make a press release. it truly is an occasion. Vvedensky’s poetry was  unpublishable in the course of his lifetime—he made a residing as a author for kids ahead of loss of life less than arrest in 1942—and he continues to be the least recognized of the nice twentieth-century Russian poets. this can be his first publication to seem in English. The translations via Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich, extraordinary poets of their personal correct, are as astonishingly alert and alive because the originals.

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You must know then, that this gentleman aforesaid, at times when he was idle, which was most part of the year, gave himself up to the 22 Don Quixote reading of books of chivalry, with so much attachment and relish, that he almost forgot all the sports of the field, and even the management of his domestic affairs; and his curiosity and extravagant fondness herein arrived to that pitch, that he sold many acres of arable land to purchase books of knight-errantry, and carried home all he could lay hands on of that kind.

Wherein is continued the history of the famous Infanta Micomicona, with other pleasant adventures 330 38. The continuation of Don Quixote's curious discourse upon arms and letters 340 39. Wherein the captive relates his life and adventures 344 40. In which is continued the history of the captive 351 41. Wherein the captive continues the story of his adventures 362 42. Which treats of what further happened in the inn, and of many other things worthy to be known 380 6 Contents 43. Which treats of the agreeable history of the young muleteer; with other strange accidents that happened in the inn 386 44.

In which an account is given of the Afflicted Matron's misfortunes 712 39. Wherein Trifaldi continues her stupendous and memorable history 718 40. Of matters relating and appertaining to this adventure, and to this memorable history 720 41. Of the arrival of Clavileno, with the conclusion of this prolix adventure 725 42. Of the instructions Don Quixote gave Sancho Panza, before he went to govern the island, with other matters well considered 735 43. Of the second instructions Don Quixote gave Sancho Panza 739 io Contents 44.

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