By Alexander Vvedensky
“Pussy insurrection are Vvedensky's disciples and his heirs. Katya, Masha, and that i are in penitentiary yet I don’t ponder that we’ve been defeated.... in response to the reliable document, Alexander Vvedensky died on December 20, 1941. We don’t recognize the reason, no matter if it used to be 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, an exceptional one and a nasty one and that i select the undesirable one. will probably be the proper one.’ ... it truly is believed that the OBERIU dissidents are useless, yet they survive. they're persecuted yet they don't die.” — Pussy insurrection [Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s last 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 course of battle and revolution, and reached his inventive adulthood as Stalin was once twisting the that means of phrases in gruesome and deadly methods. Vvedensky—with Daniil Kharms the main determine within the short–lived underground avant-garde crew OBERIU (a neologism for “the union for actual art”)—responded with a poetry that explodes sturdy 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 methods, jugglery, and feasting. Curious characters seem and disappear, euphoria retains corporation with depression, outrageous assertions bring about epic shouting fits, 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 really is an occasion. Vvedensky’s poetry was unpublishable in the course of his lifetime—he made a dwelling as a author for kids sooner than demise below arrest in 1942—and he is still the least identified of the good twentieth-century Russian poets. this is often his first booklet to seem in English. The translations by means of Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich, notable poets of their personal correct, are as astonishingly alert and alive because the originals.
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Mais comme il ne connaissait rien aux matières élucidées, des choses très simples l'embarrassèrent. Il se mit à écrire un roman intitulé : Sylvio, le fils du pêcheur. La chose se passait à Venise. Le héros, c'était lui-même : l'héroïne, Mme Arnoux. Elle s'appelait Antonia ; — et, pour l'avoir, il assassinait 60 plusieurs gentilshommes, brûlait une partie de la ville et chantait sous son balcon, où palpitaient à la brise les rideaux en damas rouge du boulevard Montmartre. Les réminiscences trop nombreuses dont il s'aperçut le découragèrent ; il n'alla pas plus loin, et son désœuvrement redoubla.
Mais la distinction du jeune patricien recouvrait une intelligence des plus pauvres. Tout le surprenait ; il riait beaucoup à la moindre plaisanterie, et montrait une ingénuité si complète, que Frédéric le prit d'abord pour un farceur, et finalement le considéra comme un nigaud. Les épanchements n'étaient donc possibles avec personne ; et il attendait toujours l'invitation des Dambreuse. Au jour de l'an, il leur envoya des cartes de visite, mais il n'en reçut aucune. Il était retourné à l'Art industriel.
Mais, au souvenir de Mme Arnoux, son chagrin s'évanouit. Il ne parla pas d'elle, retenu par une pudeur. Il s'étendit en revanche sur Arnoux, rapportant ses discours, ses manières, ses relations ; et Deslauriers l'engagea fortement à cultiver cette connaissance. Frédéric, dans ces derniers temps n'avait rien écrit ; ses opinions littéraires étaient changées : il estimait par-dessus tout la passion ; Werther, René, Frank, Lara, Lélia et d'autres plus médiocres l'enthousiasmaient presque également.
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