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Connections, written by the Russian author Daniil Kharms, is a surreal story about the unseen links between people and events over a long period of time. A hat, a coat, soup, an excess of tomatoes, beggars, fire, and a tram all play their parts.

About the Author

Daniil Kharms was an author of poems, plays, prose and children’s stories who lived in the Soviet Union during the first half of the twentieth century. Although little published during his lifetime, he has since been recognized as one of the world’s most important absurdist writers. Kharms was a founder of the avant-garde collective OBERIU (the Union of Real Art) in the 1920s and 1930s. He died of starvation at a Leningrad psychiatric institution in 1942.

About the Translator

Roger Lebovitz is the author of A Guide to the Western Slope and the Outlying Areas and Twenty Two Instructions for Near Survival. He lives with his family in Burlington, Vermont, where he keeps a variety of literary projects on the front and back burners. 

About the Artist

Delia Bell Robinson lives in Montpelier, Vermont, where she paints, writes, sings songs, and continues a family tradition creating figural clay whistles.