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Eisenstein on Mayakovsky

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE: Evacuated to Alma-Ata with Mosfilm during World War II, Eisenstein continued his work on Ivan the Terrible. April 19, 1942 he spoke at a program in honor of Mayakovsky at the Pushkin Public Library. His notes for the speech were written in two drafts, marked in red pencil “I” and “II.” The notes were written in pencil. The other side of “II” contains notes and sketches for Ivan the Terrible.

Editorial additions are enclosed in square brackets. The text was first published by A. V. Fevralsky in Mayakovskyi sovietskaya literatura [Mayakovsky and Soviet Literature], edited by Z.S. Paperny, Xoscow: Nauka, 1964.

—Marco Carynnyk

Thought what to speak about.

About the principal thing.

Mayakovsky as a rebellious spirit.

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About our youth,

Fervor united with acute subject matter.

The devil himself no brother.

Vitebsk.

Malevich.

1 ROSTA posters.

2 Not admitted to

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