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.
Location: Street: 686 Fulton Street City: Brooklyn, Province: New York Postal Code: 11217 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
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.” (rmharris)… (more)