Mayakovsky, Vladimir

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(1893-1930) Russian poet and playwright, a revolutionary from early years, a Futurist poet whose verse radically shocked post-Revolution Russia. Of particular sf interest is his first fully fledged prose Satirical play, Klop (1929; trans Guy Daniels as The Bedbug in The Complete Plays of Vladimir Mayakovsky, coll 1968), in which, some generations hence, a Soviet bureaucrat is kept in a Zoo as a curious example. Banya (1930; trans Guy Daniels in the same 1968 volume), set in the contemporary USSR, employs a similar array of satirical tools. These two plays were sufficiently sharp in their criticism of the blandness of Soviet ideas that a good deal of official criticism descended on Mayakovsky's head, though not fatally – his suicide seems to have been caused more through personal disillusion with the Communist enterprise under Stalin than by any threats (Stalin himself canonized Mayakovsky after his death). [JC]

see also: Theatre.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky

born Baghdati [now Mayakovsky], Russia [now Georgia]: 19 July 1893 [7 July 1893 Old Style]

died Moscow: 14 April 1930

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