Vladimir Mayakovsky : A Tragedy

Description

Two days before the 1913 premiere of this Futurist play in verse, the original cast withdrew because rumors started to spread across Saint Petersburg that they would be pelted with garbage and beaten by the public. In fact, the audience did throw rotten eggs, shouting at 20-year-old Vladimir Mayakovsky (who played the leading role), "Stop him immediately!... Catch him!... He is not to get away!... Make him give us back our money!" According to actor Konstantin Tomashevsky: Those were the times of turmoil, anxiety, dark forebodings. All of us instantly recognized in Mayakovsky a revolutionary, even if his hectic sermons to the human souls, mutilated by the vile city, sounded a bit muddled. It was an attempt at tearing off masks, revealing the sores of the society, sick beneath the veneer of respectability. Other theatrical events that season were barely noticed. "Who's more insane, the Futurists or the public?" the Peterburgskaya Gazeta newspaper asked.

Details

Author(s)
Vladimir Mayakovsky, Paul Schmidt
Format
Paperback | 54 pages
Dimensions
97 x 150 x 6mm | 91g
Publication date
12 Jun 2018
Publisher
GREEN INTEGER
Language
English
Edition Statement
Translation
Illustrations note
7 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
1557134448
ISBN13
9781557134448