Monday, September 13, 2010

Yurodivy

Supposedly юродивый in Russian, and explained (in an excerpt from Ernst G. Benkert's 623 Titles Without Paintings, printed on a postcard offered at the Proteotypes table at the Brooklyn Book Fair yesterday--I was one of the people handing it out) by Solomon Volkov:

There is no word in any other language that can precisely convey the meaning of the Russian word yurodivy, . . . . .The yurodivy has the gift to see and hear what others know nothing about.

I don't know if David the Dendrite, who apparently took up residence in an almond tree, qualifies as a yurodivy, as he was Greek.

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