Spectacles of Silence
The Queer in 1910s’ Finnish Literature
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Two men talk – or a man and a ghost, to be precise. The ghost, Arkadj Petrovitsj Jemeljanoff, when still alive, was a lieutenant in the Russian army and a leader of a military mutiny that took place in Helsinki in 1906. Because of the unsuccessful rebellion, the lieutenant was executed, but now in 1917, the year this play is written, his revolutionary spirit returns, revived by the Russian February Revolution. The other man, Vasja, has become a coachman, but he used to serve under Jemeljanoff. At present, the ghost really wants some tea.