Daniil Kharms is one of my artistic heroes; he wrote the most imaginative, fantastic, surrealist, absurdist works, almost always short vignettes. He was born in 1905 in
St Petersburg. His father spent time in prison for terrorist activities. We know almost
nothing about his childhood, but I suppose with your dad inside you're not going
to be the happiest bunny in the fairground.
Very little of his work was published in his lifetime because his writing didn’t fit with
the socialist ideal of Stalin’s Russia. He was imprisoned on suspicion of treason and
died in prison in 1942.
Friends kept his works, which were eventually published in the 1960s.
Once, there was a red-haired man who had neither eyes nor ears. He
had no hair either so he was called "red-haired" only theoretically.
The Red-Haired Man
Works available in English
Today I Wrote Nothing
Translated by Neil Cornwell
Serpent's Tail (2006)
Russia's Lost Literature of the Absurd: Selected Works of Daniil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky
Resources online in English
a selection of Daniil’s stories in English
another selection of Daniil’s stories in English
biography, links and all the usual Wikipedia stuff