Private: OBERIU and YOU

Sunday, November 23, (8pm, $5, Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery).

A reading/performance of the work of OBERIU poets Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, Nikolai Zabolotsky, and Nikolai Oleinikovnin translations by Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich.

Founded in 1926, OBERIU, an acronym standing for Union of Real Art, proved to be Leningrad’s last avant-garde group. After its forced disbanding in 1931, its members took their literary activity underground. Almost all of them died in the purges of the late 30s and early 40s. Eugene and Matvei are working on an anthology of OBERIU writings for Northwestern University Press. To read their translations of Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, and Nikolai Zabolotsky, see these: New American Writing, Balaklava, 3rd Bed, Boston Review, and Fence.