Title: The Green Lantern: A Romance of Stalinist Russia
Author: Charyn, Jerome
Publisher: Thunder’s Mouth Press, New York
Publication Date: 2004
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: F
D-j Condition: NF
Comments: Very subtle shelf wear to d-j.
Synopsis: A Soviet theater troupe dares to put on Shakespeare’s King Lear but shortly before the performance the actor playing the title role falls ill. The prop manager a lumbering largely silent bear of a man completely inappropriate for the part according to common perception finds himself literally thrust into the spotlight. His performance becomes the talk of Moscow and he falls under the direct scrutiny of Joseph Stalin who controls whether the show will proceed and the actors will live to give another performance. An audacious winter’s tale The Green Lantern is an exploration of Shakespeare the Soviet Union and what it is to “perform” by one of the great American writers.