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Маяковский на сценах венгерского театра
Mayakovsky on the Hungarian Stage

Author(s): Oliwia Kasprzyk
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Russian Literature, Drama
Published by: Uniwersytet Warszawski - Katedra Studiów Interkulturowych Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej
Keywords: Mayakovsky; Hungarian theater; reception of Russian literature; Soviet drama;

Summary/Abstract: The article offers a synthetic review of Hungarian theatrical realizations of Mayakovsky’s biography and works. The process of reception of Russian literature, including Mayakovsky, in Hungary was hindered by country’s strong cultural and language distinctness. For the first time Mayakovsky’s works reached Hungarian reader during politically strained times, namely the period of “white terror”. Despite the circumstances, the ground was fertile – part of the society, including writers positively received the Revolution of 1917, while Mayakovsky was seen as the voice of the revolutionary forms and after 1945 as a tribune of the people. This attitude towards Mayakovsky – seen as the main voice of the proletarian revolution and key author in the process of the formation of socialist poetics – is noticeable in the Hungarian theater until the 1970’s. Then, after a theatrical revolution, accent was placed on his innovative forms. Although there was no real diversity in the repertoire – Hungarian theater was dominated by The Bathhouse, with some exceptions for The Bedbug, or, just until recently, a variation of the works of Mayakovsky, which for the first time introduced fragments of Mystery-Bouffe onto the Hungarian stage.

  • Issue Year: 2/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 217-247
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Russian