Moscow; Leningrad: Zemlya i fabrika, 1930. Item #1100
 pp., 1 ill: ill. 29×22 cm. In original illustrated publisher’s cardboards by Kukryniksy. Minor tears at the hinges of the spine. Otherwise near fine.
Scarce. First edition. Introduction by the head of the Russian Association of Proletarian Writers Leonid Averbakh (1903-1937). The literary critic fell victim to the Communist regime during the Great Purge. REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN SOLOMON TELINGATER, KUKRYNIKSY AND ALEXANDER ARKHANGELSKY.
A rare edition of parodies written by the Soviet poet Alexander Arkhangelsky (1889-1938) with extraordinary book design and caricatures by the classic collective Kukryniksy. The types, spaces, and other typographic elements were produced by Solomon Telingater (1903-1969), a famous constructivist designer and innovator who created some of the most memorable books of the Soviet era.
The edition features 20 full-page caricatures by Kukryniksy. Kukryniksy was a collective name derived from the combined names of the artists: Mikhail Kupriyanov (1903-1991), Porfiri Krylov (1902—1990), and Nikolai Sokolov (1903—2000). The three met at VKhUTEMAS in the early 1920s and soon began drawing caricatures under the joint signature. The collective became particularly famous after the rise of fascism, drawing political cartoons and caricatures of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, and Francisco Franco. The author of this book, Alexander Arkhangelsky, was often referred to as the “fourth member” of the collective for accompanying Kukryniksy’s caricatures by epigrams and parodies. Arkhangelsky penned several collections of poems in the 1920s, however he mostly became acknowledged as the author of the literary parodies. The present edition features 19 parodies of the leading literary figures of the time: Isaac Babel, Feodor Gladkov, Alexander Zharov, A. Zorich (Vasiliy Lokot’), Mikhail Zoshchenko, Vera Inber, Sergey Klychkov, Peasant poet, Vladimir Lugovskoy, Georgiy Nikiforov, Yury Olesha, Potr Oreshin, Panteleimon Romanov, Pavel Radimov, Mikhail Svetlov, Ilya Selvinsky, Sergei Tretyakov, Iosif Utkin, and Viktor Shklovsky. Almost half of these writers was executed during the Soviet repressions.
Each parody is accompanied by Kukryniksy’s caricature. The book also features the author’s caricature.
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