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There are certain writers whose importance only grows with time, and the longer the distance that separates us from them, the more facets of their genius they demonstrate to us, the readers of the twenty-first century. One of these authors is Lope de Vega. The new book of Veronika Ryjik now makes another major contribution to the scholarship of a great master who was well known and admired in Soviet Russia. It is indeed a serious study and one that fermented in the mind of the scholar for more than ten years – the true symbol of a truly remarkable book. The introduction offers us a concise overview of the entire book, which is divided into seven chapters. The author starts by explaining the so-called ‘Russian canon’ – the tradition of representing works of Lope de Vega on the Russian scene – and the enormous popularity of all his works. The second chapter beautifully explains the development of the ‘Spanish theatre’ – from its origins to the moment of real Lope-mania in the 1940s in the Soviet Union.


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