This volume contains the full text in English of both "The Suicide" and Nikolai Erdman's first major, albeit less known work, "The Warrant." Although both plays were written in the early 1920s, they were haunted by the political spectre of totalitarianism and it was only in the 1980s that they began to be staged regularly worldwide. The plays themselves, full of political satire and paradox, show the immense skill of this playwright, and the introduction by John Freedman provides valuable insights into the historical context of the plays, highlighting Erdman's unique use of language. These new translations are well illustrated with little-known archival production photographs and drawings of the period.
"'Nikolai Erdman is best known in the West for his second full-length play, The Suicide, called 'a work of genius' by Konstantin Stanislavsky and 'empty and even harmful' by the self-proclaimed dilettante in theatrical matters, Joseph Stalin. As is well known now, it was the latter opinion which dictated that The Suicide, written in the late 1920s, would gather dust in archives and personal libraries for 40 years before it could be performed.'."
-John Freedman of Introduction to "The Major Plays of Nikolai Erdman
Series: Russian Theatre Archive
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 29th September 1995
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1