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 ...
Futurist, hooligan, revolutionary, propagandist, lover, clown, martyr, hero—the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky was the powerhouse and rock star of Russia’s Silver Age. This bilingual edition provides “maximum access” to his best known poems, and features:
This is undiluted Mayakovsky, in the highest obtainable proof for ...
This selection of Mayakovsky’s work covers his entire career―from the earliest pre-revolutionary lyrics to a poem found in a notebook after his suicide. Splendid translations of the poems, with the Russian on a facing page, and a fresh, colloquial version of Mayakovsky’s dramatic masterpiece, The Bedbug.
Many of the poems in this book are translated for the first time into English." Accompanying the poems are rare drawings and lithographs by Mayakovsky and his circle, found in private collections of futurist books.
"what a poet
and the clear water is thick
with bloody blows on its head.
I embraced a cloud
But when I soared
Frank O’Hara, Mayakovsky” (1954)
Mayakovsky's is one of the most compelling voices in twentieth-century Russian poetry. Born in 1893, he joined the Futurist movement in 1912 and soon established himself as ...