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Inke Arns (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.), ...: Nikolaj Evreinov: »The Storming of the Winter Palace«

Igor Tchoubarov (ed.), Inke Arns (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.)

Nikolaj Evreinov: »The Storming of the Winter Palace«

Softcover, 304 pages

Date of publication: 30.06.2017

Historic event, reenactement, fake

In 1920, the third anniversary of the October Revolution, the Storming of the Winter Palace was performed with a cast of 10,000. The mass spectacle, directed by Nikolai Evreinov, was a kind of false, deceptive reenactment. It was intended to recall something—the storming of the Winter Palace as the beginning of the revolution—that it itself produced as a theatrical medium. This volume reconstructs the event with texts, photographs, and drawings, and shows how not only in the Soviet Union did the photograph of the theatrical “storming” became a historical document of the October Revolution.

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Sylvia Sasse

studied Slavic and German Studies in Constance and St. Petersburg (1990-1996). She earned her PhD in Constance in 1999 and obtained her habilitation at Freie Universität Berlin. After her teaching and research work at Freie Universität Berlin (1999-2001), the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin (2001-2005) and UC Berkeley (2002-2003) she was Professor for Eastern Slavic Literature at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 2009 she has been Full Professor of Slavic Literature at the university of Zurich. She is currently working on the interference between literature and law, conceptions of escape and performance art in Eastern Europe.

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