Odessa: Provesen’, 1929. Item #1236
56 pp.: ill. 22,5x17,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Spine and front cover restored, some foxing on p.1, otherwise near fine and uncut.
One of 1000 copies. Extremely rare. A little-known and short-lived magazine ‘Blysky’ that flashed in the history of Ukrainian literature by only four issues in 1928-1929. Avant-garde cover design by artist Evgenii Verbytskii (1895-?) features a digit 3 stylized as a lightening.
The editorial board consisted of Vladimir Elin, Vladimir Gadzinskii, Arkadii Barsht, Vasilii Mykoliuk and Lev Selivanov. One of them, writer Vladimir Gadzinskii (1888-1932) was known as a member of an avant-garde Ukrainian literary group ‘Selo i misto’ (1924-1927) that published a magazine ‘NeoLEF’ and group ‘Zakhidna Ukraina’. He experimented with the use of new industrial words and meanings in poetry - «rebellious cast iron», «pegasus on a tractor» - and died in unclear circumstances in 1932.
Among authors are executed poets Evgenii Pluzhnik and Kesar Andriichuk, posthumously blamed for “bourgeois nationalism” Vasyl Ellan-Blakytny, literary critic Vedmitskii and poet Stepan Kryzhanivsky - it was his debut. The issue includes a wartime illustration by German avant-garde artist Heinrich Vogeler who sympathized with the socialist construction in the Soviet Union and visited it several times, as well as caricatures by Soviet artist V. Dukovich.
Apart from verses and prose pieces, the issue contains reviews on a magazine ‘Zakhidna Ukraina’ and ‘Bulletin Avantgardu’, both printed in 1928.
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