Velimir Khlebnikov

(2120 words)

Alongside Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov (1885-1922) is the most important of the Russian Futurists. In much of his work, he experiments with language, inventing neologisms and finding significance in the shapes and sounds of individual letters. He treats a wide range of themes: war, revolution and famine; the changing seasons; Slavic mythology; a utopian future where all human knowledge can be disseminated by radio and people live in mobile glass cubicles that can attach themselves to skyscraper-like frameworks. He clung passionately to the belief that a mathematical understanding of what he called the laws of time could allow humanity to predict the future – and so gain the power to shape it. In his long poem “Voina v myshelovke” [“…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Chandler, Robert. "Velimir Khlebnikov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 February 2014
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]