Blue notebook No. 10 (Kharms/Yankelevich)

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Blue notebook No. 10
written by Daniil Kharms
No. 1 from the cycle “Incidents”. Translated from Russian by Matvei Yankelevich. See the original: Голубая тетрадь №10 (Хармс).

Blue notebook No. 10

(as it appears in the notebook titled "Sluchai" or "Events" / "Incidents")

There lived a redheaded man who had no eyes or ears. He didn’t have hair either, so he was called a redhead arbitrarily.

He couldn’t talk because he had no mouth. He didn't have a nose either.

He didn’t even have arms or legs. He had no stomach, he had no back, no spine, and he didn't have any insides at all. There was nothing to speak of! So, we don’t even know who we’re talking about.

We'd better not talk about him any more.


Blue notebook No. 10

(as first written in "Golubaja Tetrad'" or "The Blue Notebook")

There lived a redheaded man who had no eyes or ears. He didn’t have hair either, so he was called a redhead arbitrarily. He couldn’t talk because he had no mouth. He had no nose either. He didn’t even have arms or legs. He had no stomach, he had no back, he had no spine, and he had no innards at all. He didn’t have anything. So we don’t even know who we’re talking about. It’s better that we don’t talk about him any more.

January 7, 1937

[in the margins of this text, the tenth entry Kharms made in a blue notebook, he wrote: "Against Kant."]

NOTE

Both translations above are by Matvei Yankelevich, they appear by permission of the translator. They are published in the book TODAY I WROTE NOTHING: THE SELECTED WRITINGS OF DANIIL KHARMS, New York: Overlook, 2007

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