Russian writer Daniil Kharms to be immortalized in odd hat at his 100th anniversary
Memorial plate dedicated to Russian writer Daniil Kharms will be revealed on December 22, Thursday in 11, Mayakovsky street St. Petersburg. The event is dated to the master of literature absurd`s 100th anniversary. The place was chosen on purpose. In this house Daniil Kharms lived from 1925 up to his arrest in August 23, 1941. He never left the prison, having died there on February 2, 1942.
The author of the memorial plate, Petersburg architect Vyacheslav Bukharaev, cut the bas-relief from dark stone, depicting the writer in the image he appeared at one of his famous photos. A representative of the Dmitry Likhachev?s fund, which initiated the plate placing, explained that it was the picture where Kharms is wearing "an odd hat". There are words cut on the plate "A man left his home", repeating he title of his poem, written ten years before his arrest. These words are considered to describe the writer?s arrest. Just for a minute he left his apartment undressed, and never came back.
On Sunday, December 18, festive parade dedicated to the poet?s anniversary took place near another new writer?s monument in Kamennoostrovsky avenue. Daniil Kharms was born on December 1905 in St. Petersburg. His poems first appeared in literary miscellany in 1920s. since 1928 he published poems for children in several children?s magazines. Before he was arrested, he had published about 20 books for children.
The writer founded literature group Real Art Union, uniting together the writers and poets, who used absurd and grotesque in their creative work. In 1930 Real Art Union as a "formalists union" was banned. After Kharms?s death his works remained suppressed until his rehabilitation in 1956. In 1960s-1970s many of his works were republished.