short story

here is a very short story by Russian writer Daniil Kharms:

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.

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7 Responses to short story

  1. Nate says:

    How Charming.

  2. David says:

    Poignant, but not too revealing.

    • Juan says:

      here is another one on my mind, this is brilliant and funny as hell:

      It’s hard to say something about Pushkin to a person who doesn’t know anything about him. Pushkin is a great poet. Napoleon is not as great as Pushkin. Bismarck compared to Pushkin is a nobody. And the Alexanders, First, Second and Third, are just little kids compared to Pushkin. In fact, compared to Pushkin, all people are little kids, except Gogol. Compared to him, Pushkin is is a little kid.

      And so, instead of writing about Pushkin, I would rather write about Gogol.

      Although, Gogol is so great that not a thing can be written about him, so I’ll write about Pushkin after all.

      Yet, after Gogol, it’s a shame to have to write about Pushkin. But you can’t write anything about Gogol. So I’d rather not write anything about anyone.

  3. David says:

    Very funny.

  4. David says:


    Tell us more about this writer. Does he write haiku exclusively? Does all his work have the same sardonic tone? How did you discover him? Is the writer you? Etc.

  5. Nates says:

    There lived a modernist Russian author who had no agent or publisher. He didn’t have a typewriter either, so he wrote in script. Actually, he couldn’t write because he had no pens. He had no stories either. He had no characters, he had no surprise plot twists, he had no recurring themes. He didn’t write anything. So we don’t even know who we’re talking about. It’s better that we don’t talk about him any more.

  6. David says:

    Nates is Daniil Kharms! Amazing.

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