Overall, Today I Wrote Nothing is a witty and hilarious read. Again, we have another one-page story of a fight where a man mutilates his opponent's face and nose with his dentures, another one-pager about a man who not only loses his handkerchief, hat, jacket and boots but also himself, another one-pager where an artist goes to a canal to buy rubber so he can make a rubber band to stretch but meanwhile an old woman gets burned up in a stove, and still another one pager where an engineer builds a wall across all of Petersburg but never knows what the wall is good for.
His wife was informed that he was deported to Novosibirsk.
Rather than reading Kharms and being reminded of Kafka, Sartre, Camus, Beckett or Dada, keep it fresh - read Kharms and read Kharms slowly and carefully, as if you were reading literature for the first time.
Inhe entered the Leningrad Electrotechnicumfrom which he was expelled for "lack of participation in socially conscious activities".
He embraced the new movements of Russian Futurism laid out by his idols, KhlebnikovKazimir Malevichand Igor Terentievamong others. Soviet authorities, having become increasingly hostile toward the avant-garde in general, deemed Kharms' writing for children anti-Soviet because of its refusal to instill materialist and social Soviet values.
Leningrad will be either besieged or starved to death. Gritsina, Prosecutor General's Office found him not guilty and he was exonerated. Krylov, having heard the news, also died. This collection contains well over one hundred pieces, mostly one-page stories, but also some poems and micro-plays along with several longer works, including a twenty-two page tale involving an old woman mysteriously sitting in the narrator's favorite armchair.
Kharkov, Beginning in the s many of Kharms' children's texts were set to music, and were often played on the radio. His notebooks were saved from destruction in the war by loyal friends and hidden until the s, when his children's writing became widely published and scholars began the job of recovering his manuscripts and publishing them in the west and in samizdat.
Considering the communist ideal of every healthy man and woman seeing themselves as a productive, hard-working citizen of the state, taking their place elbow to elbow with their comrades in the field or the factory, it is something of a miracle Daniil Kharms's short life the state locked him in a mental institution at age 38 where he died of starvation wasn't even shorter.
The third section is titled The Blue Notebook.