Mayakovsky anniversary reveals struggle over poet’s legacy

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(Moscow News – – Joy Neumeyer – July 22, 2013) On July 19, Moscow marked the 120th anniversary of Vladimir Mayakovsky, the rebellious Futurist poet who rose from a childhood in Georgia to become the voice of the October Revolution. The commemorations came on the eve of the controversial renovation of Moscow’s Mayakovsky Museum, which some fear will remove […]

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Mayakovsky Still One of Russia’s Most Popular Poets – Poll

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(RIA Novosti – MOSCOW, July 19, 2013) ­ A hundred and twenty years after his birth and 83 years after his suicide, literary rebel-cum-Communist Vladimir Mayakovsky remains one of modern Russia’s most popular poets, according to a new poll. Mayakovsky is the second most popular Russian poet of the 20th century, according to a poll by the Levada Center published […]

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Ibsen at the Mayakovka: Don’t Drink the Water

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(Moscow News – – Natalia Antonova – May 27, 2013) Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” has been updated for a modern audience by playwright Sasha Denisova – and you can see the results at the Mayakovsky Theater (affectionately known as the Mayakovka), as directed by Nikita Kobelev. In the politically charged atmosphere of the day, Ibsen is […]

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