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January 04, 2006

The Dream of Two Swarthy Ladies

The Dream of Two Swarthy Ladies

Two ladies are sleeping,
Although, no
No they are not,
Although, no
Of course they are,
Sleeping and seeing a dream

How Ivan walked into the door,
And following Ivan was the house manager
Carrying a volume of Tolstoy’s book
“War and Peace”, the second part…

Although no, not at all
Tolstoy walked in and took his coat off,
Off he took his galosh and boots,
‘Help me, Van’ya!’ – shouted he
So Van’ya grabbed an axe
And bam he hit Tolstoy on the head
Tolstoy fell. What a shame!
And all the Russian literature now rests in the chamber pot

Original

*Сон двух черномазых дам*

Две дамы спят, а впрочем нет,
не спят они, а впрочем нет,
конечно спят и видят сон,
как будто в дверь вошел Иван,
а за Иваном управдом,
держа в руках Толстого том

«Война и мир», вторая часть…
А впрочем нет, совсем не то,
вошёл Толстой и снял пальто,
калоши снял и сапоги
и крикнул: Ванька, помоги!
Тогда Иван схватил топор
и трах Толстого по башке.
Толстой упал. Какой позор!
И вся литература русская в ночном горшке.

19 августа 1936

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January 02, 2006

Daniil Kharms

Falling out grannies

A granny, overcome by her curiosity
Fell out of the window
Crashed on the ground and died.

From the window out stuck her head
Another granny,
Looking down for the crashed one.
But overcome by her curiosity
She too fell out, crashed and died.

Then there was the third, the fourth and the fifth granny.
After the sixth has fallen out
I got bored of looking at them.

Instead I went to the Maltsevskii market
Where, they say, someone gave a knitted shawl to a blind man

<02.01.2006>

Original:

Вываливающиеся старухи

Одна старуха от чрезмерного любопытства
вывалилась из окна, упала и разбилась.
Из окна высунулась другая старуха и ста-
ла смотреть вниз на разбившуюся, но от чрез-
мерного любопытства тоже вывалилась из окна,
упала и разбилась.
Потом из окна вывалилась третья старуха,
потом четвертая, потом пятая.
Когда вывалилась шестая старуха, мне на-
доело смотреть на них, и я пошел на Мальцев-
ский рынок, где, говорят, одному слепому по-
дарили вязаную шаль.

<1936-1937>


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