The red-haired man

(This man wrote children’s books.)

There was once a red-haired man who had neither eyes nor ears. He had no hair either so he was called “red-haired” only theoretically.He could not speak since he had no mouth. He didn’t have a nose either.

He had neither legs nor arms. He had no stomach, no back, no spine, and he had no insides whatsoever. He had nothing at all ! So it’s not really clear who we’re talking about.

I suppose then it’s best not to talk about him any more.

– Daniil Kharms, translated by Matvei Yankelevich

Also check out this 2007 interview with Yankelevich about Kharms. It’s good stuff, good stuff, good stuff…

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