Edité par Berlin, 1922
Etat : Scarce
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A Critique of Mayakovsky’s astonishing play in booksellers’ catalogues statements as to ‘not mentioned in - some international catalogue) or only one in Library of Congress and one in British Library and one in the Getty archive and no others - can just mean nothing at all as a small search can find you 24 copies for sale at varying prices- and one shouldn’t rely on it. Having said that, some books are obviously scarce. The play Mystery-Bouffe was written for the anniversary of the 1917 revolution, as a part of the festivities. It was directed and produced by Vsevolod Meyerhold, and the art was done by Kazimir Malevich. The premiere was in the Theatre of Musical Drama on November 7, 1918. After two years, Mayakovsky reworked the text of his play. This second version premiered in the First Theatre of the RSFSR on May 1, 1921. Mystery-Bouffe (1921) is ‘a heroic, epic, and satirical representation of post-revolution epoch’) the first Soviet play on a contemporary subject. While asserting the greatness and heroism of the common people, Mayakovsky exposed the creative impotence of the bourgeoisie. He stated in a preface to the 1921 edition that ‘in the future, all persons performing, presenting, reading or publishing Mystery-Bouffe should change the content, making it contemporary, immediate, up-to-the-minute. In this stage version eleven individuals are traveling to escape the new great flood. Unsatisfied with social revolutions and disappointed with hell as well as with heaven, they keep searching for the Promised Land. What they finally find is the stage. (Taken from a 2013 Slovenian production’s programme notes). Index Book catalogue nr. 6 had the original edition in Russian with unique detailed handwritten reworkings and character changes, the ‘enemy’ changed from French to German, extraordinary changes that fitted with Mayakovsky’s above-stated aims’. these were noted in the text by either Mayakovsky or his assistant at the time for the 2nd staging in 1922, which was then cancelled after one performance. The item did not sell so after 3 years it was placed into Sotheby’s major sale of Russian revolutionary books and obtained three times our asking price of Sterling 2750. N° de réf. du libraire 182

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Éditeur : Berlin

Date d'édition : 1922

Etat du livre :Scarce

Type de livre : Play Critique

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