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Nikolai Evreinov, The Steps of Nemesis A Dramatic Chronicle in Six Scenes from Party Life in the USSR (1936–1938)


Nikolai Evreinov, The Steps of Nemesis A Dramatic Chronicle in Six Scenes from Party Life in the USSR (1936–1938). Edited by: Sasse, Sylvia; Albert, Gleb J (2022). Zürich, Berlin: diaphanes.

Abstract

In the 1910s the Russian theater director and theorist Nikolai Evreinov (1879-1953) insisted on the theatricalization of life. Twenty years later Evreinov, who had left Russia in 1924, was in exile in Paris when Stalin staged three elaborate political show trials in Moscow. Now he meticulously read the transcripts of the trials in the Russian-language press, collected material on Nikolai Bukharin and the other defendants, consulted with experts, and finally wrote a play, his response to the staging of a judicial farce. With this response, he possibly also wanted to rehabilitate his idea of the theatricalization of life. After all, the theatricalization of life does not mean performing false confessions, constructing conspiracies, fabricating facts, or casting hired witnesses. In his theatrical theory, Evreinov was concerned not to make the theater of life invisible. His play is therefore not a historical reconstruction, but an imaginary look behind the scenes, in which the Stalinist perpetrators confess to the real crime in the end: the theater.

Abstract

In the 1910s the Russian theater director and theorist Nikolai Evreinov (1879-1953) insisted on the theatricalization of life. Twenty years later Evreinov, who had left Russia in 1924, was in exile in Paris when Stalin staged three elaborate political show trials in Moscow. Now he meticulously read the transcripts of the trials in the Russian-language press, collected material on Nikolai Bukharin and the other defendants, consulted with experts, and finally wrote a play, his response to the staging of a judicial farce. With this response, he possibly also wanted to rehabilitate his idea of the theatricalization of life. After all, the theatricalization of life does not mean performing false confessions, constructing conspiracies, fabricating facts, or casting hired witnesses. In his theatrical theory, Evreinov was concerned not to make the theater of life invisible. His play is therefore not a historical reconstruction, but an imaginary look behind the scenes, in which the Stalinist perpetrators confess to the real crime in the end: the theater.

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Item Type:Edited Scientific Work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Zentrum Künste und Kulturtheorie
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:June 2022
Deposited On:03 Jan 2023 07:30
Last Modified:03 Jan 2023 07:30
Publisher:diaphanes
Series Name:Think Art
Number of Pages:224
ISBN:978-3035805161
Additional Information:Übersetzt von Zachary Murphy King
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.diaphanes.net/titel/the-steps-of-nemesis-7257
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/225386/
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  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)