A collection of ten stories by a Russian writer who, after the overthrow of the tsar, turned to writing children's stories when he could no longer publish his politically charged adult works. "Hilarious as well as absurd."-Book Links
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Katya Arnold grew up reading Kharms as a child in Russia and now lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. Ian Frazier lives in Missoula, Montana, and is well known for his humorous essays for adults.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3 Up?Kharms, a Russian author who "disappeared" during Stalin's regime, turned to writing for children when he could no longer safely publish his adult works. The 10 stories and poems presented here reflect an absurdist's view of life. The situations are often unsettling, the word images jarring, and the characters symbols for larger issues. In one story, a carpenter falls so often on the ice and is eventually so covered with bandages that his family no longer recognizes him and won't let him into his apartment. In one of the more accessible poems, people wave at balloons with hats, canes, rolls, cats, chairs, and lamps. Using a vibrant selection of colored inks, sketchy brushwork, and black outlining, Arnold's illustrations are a visual assault on the senses. Think of Dr. Seuss mingled with Marc Chagall. This may be the desired effect, but given the quirky, image-filled text, the pictures often seem unnecessary. It's as if every poem in Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends (HarperCollins, 1974) were illustrated by a dozen separate images. Some of the more successful artwork deals concretely with the social conditions of Stalinist Russia. For example, the poem "A Man Left His House" is perfectly complemented by a backdrop of search warrants. While this book will introduce Kharms's life and work to a larger audience, it is difficult to determine who that audience will be. The ideal readership may be older students who are studying the effect Communism had upon the Russian people.?Denise Anton Wright, Alliance Library System, Bloomington, IL
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Descripción Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0374336350
Descripción Estado de conservación: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 97803743363561.0
Descripción Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110374336350
Descripción Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0374336350 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0171222