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Alexander Vvedensky (1904-41) was the founder of OBERIU, Russia's last avant-garde group, with Daniil Kharms and Nikolai Zabolotsky. After OBERIU folded in 1930, Vvedensky wrote without the intention of showing his work to anyone but his closest friends. He died in 1941 as the consequence of his second political arrest. His work is available in English in OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism, edited by Eugene Ostashevsky, and The Man with the Black Coat, edited by George Gibian.