[Cover title:] Saddan Theater presents The Great Madness. [Theatre Programme.]. Avigdor Hameiri, Frans Masereel.
[Cover title:] Saddan Theater presents The Great Madness. [Theatre Programme.]
Illustrated by Frans Masereel

[Cover title:] Saddan Theater presents The Great Madness. [Theatre Programme.]

[Tel Aviv]: [S.n., printed at Vardi], ca. 1936. Illustrated title page, three full-page and one text illustration by Frans Masereel, printed in black, and a mounted photographic portrait of the author. First edition. Text in Hebrew and in English. Stapled. 15, (1) p. Rusted at staple. In fine condition.

Masareel-illustrated theatre programme from The Great Madness by Avigdor Hameiri at the Saddan Theater.

The Great Madness was a theatre adaptation of Hameiri’s World War I memoir, first published in 1929 in Hebrew, under the title Ha-Shigaon ha-Gadol, directed by J. M. Daniel. Besides the credits and the summary of the plot both in Hebrew and English, along with several war-related sayings and citations, the program includes a biography and a mounted photographic portrait of the author, Avigdor Hameiri. It is illustrated with the linocut reproductions of five woodcuts by the Flemish painter and graphic artist, Frans Masereel (1889–1972), which he designed for this booklet.

Avigdor Hameiri (1890–1970) was an Israeli author of Hungarian origins. After fighting in World War I, he settled down in Tel-Aviv in 1921. He was the founder of Ha-Kumkum (The Kettle), the first Hebrew satirical theatre and also the founder of the journals, Lev Hadas (New Heart) and HaMachar (Tomorrow). He was awarded the Israeli Prize for literature in 1968.

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