[DESIGN BY LEV BRODATY] Gamburg na barrikadakh [i.e. Hamburg at the Barricades]. L. Reissner.
[DESIGN BY LEV BRODATY] Gamburg na barrikadakh [i.e. Hamburg at the Barricades]
[DESIGN BY LEV BRODATY] Gamburg na barrikadakh [i.e. Hamburg at the Barricades]
[DESIGN BY LEV BRODATY] Gamburg na barrikadakh [i.e. Hamburg at the Barricades]

[DESIGN BY LEV BRODATY] Gamburg na barrikadakh [i.e. Hamburg at the Barricades]

Moscow: Ogiz - Molodaya gvardiya, 1932. Item #1148

79, [2] pp., [1] portrait: ill. 20x14 cm. In original illustrated publisher’s cardboards. Minor tears at the hinges, spine rubbed. Otherwise a very good internally clean copy.

Scarce. Third edition. First and second editions published in 1924 and 1925 respectively. Foreword by G. Eichler.
A rare eye-witness account of the Hamburg uprising (1923) compiled by the Russian writer and revolutionary Larissa Reissner (1895-1926).
Constructivist cardboard design and black-and-white illustrations throughout by the noted Russian graphic artist, caricaturist, and illustrator Lev Brodaty (1889-1954). Born in Poland, the artist studied in the Vienna art school and the Academy of Fine Arts (1909). Following the WWI, Brodaty settled in Petrograd and soon became actively engaged in the creation of posters for the Petrograd ROSTA Windows (the Russian telegraph agency which published the first Soviet propaganda posters). In 1918, Lev established one of the first Soviet caricature magazines Krasnyy d’yavol [i.e. Red Devil] (11 issues printed). At different stages of his career, Brodati collaborated with such famous Soviet satire periodicals as Mukhomor [i.e. The Toadstool], Begemot [i.e. The Hippo], Smekhach [i.e. Chuckler], Krokodil [i.e. Crocodile], etc.
Larissa became engaged in the revolutionary activity after graduating from St. Petersburg University in the mid-1910s. In the following years, she emerged as one of the leading women revolutionaries and was appointed the commissar of the General Staff of the Red Fleet. Shortly after carrying out diplomatic negotiations in Afghanistan (with her husband Fyodor Raskolnikov), Larissa illegally traveled to Hamburg to witness 1923 uprising. Reissner lived as a Comintern representative in the German working-class districts and documented the proletariats’ struggle in columns for Soviet newspapers. In 1924, her writings were compiled into the book Hamburg at the Barricades which turned out to be one of the most widely read accounts of the failed insurrection. During the author’s lifetime, the piece came out in two editions. The present work was published posthumously, two years after Larissa died from typhoid.
A year after the original publication, the edition was translated into German and immediately banned and ceremonially burnt by the order of the authorities.
Covering all aspects of German life at the time, from the boardrooms of the Krupps factories to life at the coalface, the book offers a fascinating insight into the 1923 Hamburg Uprising.

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