[STAGE IMAGINATION BEATS REALITY] Tvorcheskii metod teatra. Dialektika tvorcheskogo protsessa [i.e. Creative Method of Theater. Dialectics of the Creative Process]
Moscow: GIKhL, 1931. 140,  pp. 20x13,5 cm. In original printed wrappers. Tears of the spine, otherwise very good and clean copy.
One of 5000 copies. Extremely rare. An interesting work on the overwhelming power of theatrical performances. The book was written by playwright Alexander Afinogenov (1904-1941). His early plays were produced under principles of the Proletkult, he was increasing his own significance in the Soviet literature and headed the Russian Association of Proletarian Writers (RAPP) in the early 1930s. In 1936 he became a target of sharp criticism but was not executed and brought reputation back in 1938.
This book mentions a principle difference between plays and other literary works, moving pictures. Evaluating Stanislavski’s approach, the author explained that an actor had to prove his sense of truth and reality, based on a balance between objectivity and subjectivity, his stage imagination. A bag of cotton wool should become a bag of flour if the script required.
Worldcat locates copies in Chicago, Stanford, Michigan Universities and Harvard College.