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Four illustrations of that how a new idea strikes a person unprepared for it (Kharms - Smirnov)

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Four illustrations of that how a new idea strikes a person unprepared for it
written by Daniil Kharms
No. 15 from the cycle “Incidents”. Translated from Russian by Dmitri Smirnov. See the original: Голубая тетрадь №10 (Хармс).



I

WRITER: I am a writer!

READER: But in my opinion you are horse shit!

(The writer stands several minutes, shaken by this new idea, and then falls down dead. They carry him away.)

II

ARTIST: I am an artist!

WORKER: But in my opinion you are horse shit!

(The artist turned pale, like a sheet,

And then swung like a reed,

And he suddenly died, indeed.

They carry him away.)

III

COMPOSER: I am a composer!

VANYA RUBLYOV: But in my opinion you are horse shit!

(Heavily breathing, the composer sank down. They unexpectedly carry him away.)

IV

CHEMIST: I am a chemist!

PHYSICIST: But in my opinion you are horse shit!

(Without a word the chemist collapses heavily to the floor.)

April 13, 1933


© Dmitri Smirnov, Translation. Can be reproduced if non commercial.

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