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Four short links: Russian avant-garde

Not exactly my speciality, but it will keep a certain someone happy.

1. Architecture and the Russian Avant-Garde: a decent collection of videos on YouTube on the Russian avant-garde of the 1910s and 20s, mainly covering visual arts — Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko are particularly well represented.

2. Tango with Cows: really interesting site connected with a 2009 Getty Center Exhibition on Russian Avant-Garde book art. You can download digitized versions of some of the books, and there are page-though options, with translations and recordings of readings of some of the poems. My favourite is Goncharova’s A Game in Hell.

3. Ubuweb sound: Russian Futurists: recordings of poetry by Burlyuk, Kamensky, Khlebnikov and Mayakovsky, among others. I’m a bit of a sucker for Mayakovsky, I have to admit — on the fence about his writing, but I can’t resist his image, and his readings of his poetry are mesmerizing.

4. Daniil Kharms. He had to feature here. It’s not a huge selection, but gives a good flavour, and if you don’t know Kharms’s work, you’re in for a great treat. If you’re after a more comprehensive site of his writing (in Russian), Daniil Kharms is the place to go — some of his brilliant illustrations as well as stories, incidences, plays and poems — but don’t be fooled by the suggestion of English translations in the banner, as it only translates the titles.

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