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    The Mandate (Paperback) By (author) Nikolai Erdman, Translated by Declan Donnellan

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    DescriptionMoscow 1924. The Soviet Union is an infant. The Revolution is almost forgotten. Communism is everywhere - little understood by the general populace but greatly feared. A landlord and his family have to pretend to be Communists in order to hide their bourgeois origins. Their cook gets mistaken for a Russian princess - the missing Anastasia. And their lodger constantly threatens to bring in the militia because a pan of noodles fell on his head...Erdman writes in the tradition of Gogol (think Government Inspector) - and it certainly shows in this madcap but sinister farce. Its premiere in 1925 was the most successful production by the most famous of Soviet directors, Meyerhold. Now it is given a rare revival at the National Theatre in London in a version written and directed by Declan Donnellan, who has himself staged many productions in Russia in the last ten years.

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    The Mandate
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    By (author) Nikolai Erdman, Translated by Declan Donnellan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 82 g
    ISBN 13: 9781854598257
    ISBN 10: 1854598252

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC classification: PG
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    B&T General Subject: 630
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H5
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 91
    Abridged Dewey: 891
    DC22: 891.7242
    BISAC V2.8: DRA000000, DRA016000
    Thema V1.0: DD
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    01 April 2005
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    Nikolai Erdman (1902-1970) started by writing revue sketches and co-founded the Moscow Theatre of Satire. Of his two major plays, the first, The Mandate, was a huge hit in 1925, but in 1928 the rehearsals of his second, The Suicide, were shut down. A third play is said to exist in draft. Erdman went into Siberian exile 1933-40 but resumed his career after the war with scripts for children's cartoons and stage adaptations of classics. The Suicide was not staged until 1982.