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Schwartz was a Soviet writer and playwright whose cult works include twenty-five plays and screenplays for three films (in collaboration with Nikolai Erdman). In 1944, Schwartz completed the satirical play Drakon, which was seen as subversive in the political climate of post-war Russia. The play tells the story of the knight Lancelot, who sets out to slay the dragon. However, in his quest, he stumbles on a community governed by a bureaucratic hierarchy using the dragon to cover their own use of power.
A Soviet-German parable fantasy film filmed version of the play, called To Kill a Dragon and directed by Mark Zakharov, was released in 1989.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English as The Dragon by Max Hayward and Harold Shukman and published in Three Soviet plays, Penguin, 1966.
Performance history in South Africa
UTS theatre pamphlet
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