In the evening of trial and error
"... an aesthetic in the most evil sense of the line of literature"
(G. Gorbachev, RAPP)
"The plot of Mandelstam ... is unusual. There is neither a tie nor a denouement in it "
(M. Zinger, Izvestia, September 27, 1928)
"I think of descending links <...> These links explain the binding of motives"
In the play O. Mandelstam's verses, excerpts from his article "Art Theater and the Word", as well as "Stabat Mater" by Pergolesi, "Solovushka" by Tchaikovsky and "Chizhik-Pyzhik" by an unknown author are heard.
He is despised by women and porters, he is an esthete and poet, superfluous and unnecessary in this world, like a beautiful collector's postage stamp from Egypt.
His city - St. Petersburg in 1917 - is hostile and revolutionary. Around passions are boiling, a revolution is brewing. The crowd arranges lynching over the thief with a pickpocket - the hero will try to stop it.
Veiled earthly affairs slip from the hands of a romantic: he vainly runs to the tailor, he has long resold his clothes to another.
Love does not smile to the dreamer - his beloved will not come to him today.
He is alone in this city, and, perhaps, in this world, but he has friends - and there are his poems, his rhymes: poetry.
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