(From the publisher):
These six eminently playable dramatic pieces provide us with the first absurdist writing to come out of the U.S.S.R. Brilliantly conceived, they continue the tradition of Gogol and Zoshchenko and recall the theater of Ionesco and Pinter. The author also makes effective use of Freudian associationism and sexual pathology. Though the plays are sparklingly witty in style, the dominating themes are disorientation and violence - often sexual violence - which stand as symbols of destructive impulses in contemporary society. Is Uncle Jack a Conformist?
and My Aunt Is Living in Volokolamsk
expose the hypocrisy underlying official Soviet dogma on anti-Semitism; and the title play is a superb dramatization of a story by Gogol.
These plays have not been published in Amalrik's homeland, where they were confiscated by the police and used against him when he stood trial. Their publication in the West reveals the existence of a highly sophisticated Soviet literary underground.
- On Himself as a Writer of Plays
- My Aunt Is Living in Volokolamsk
- East-West: a Dialogue in Suzdal
- The Fourteen Lovers of Ugly Mary-Ann
- The Story of the Little White Bull
- Is Uncle Jack a Conformist?
- Nose! Nose? No-se!
Original title: Nose! Nose? No-se! and Other Plays
Genre: Drama and Plays→ Russian
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