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One of Russia's greatest twentieth-century poets, Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) was a Futurist, early Bolshevik, and champion of the avant garde. An early revolutionary, he became increasingly disillusioned with Soviet society, and three of his plays - all of which were banned until after Stalin's death - reflect his changing assessments of the Revolution. They are colle...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Northwestern University Press
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Vladimir Mayakovsky is a brilliant - and ballsy - writer. It's very thrilling to see his plays evolve from the egocentric and intensely poetic "Vadimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy" to the hilarious and dystopic "The Bedbug". His subjects are very topical and firmly rooted in his world, but they can (with some prodding) suit themselves to fit ours, ninety years later. I highly recommend this collection.
He was born the last of three children in Baghdati, Russian Empire (now in Georgia) where his father worked as a forest ranger. His father was of Ukrainian Cossack descent and his mother was of Ukrainian descent. Although Mayakovsky spoke Georgian at school and with friends, his family spoke primarily Russian at home. At the age of 14 Mayakovsky took part in socialist demonstrations at the town of...moreMore about Vladimir Mayakovsky...