[Zhytomyr]: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo Ukrainy, 1925. Item #1287
201 pp.: scheme. 22x15 cm. In contemporary cloth with original covers mounted above. Various pre-war stamps and marks of Transcaucasian University on t.p., p. 9, 185 and a paper sticker on the front cover. Covers rubbed, a small spot on the upper edge throughout the first leaves. Otherwise very good.
Very rare provincial edition. 5000 copies. In Russian.
Constructivist cover design was created by Ukrainian graphic artist Adolf Strakhov (Braslavsky; 1896-1979). In the early 1920s he mainly produced sharp caricatures and satirical drawings. Then he became known as one of the most prominent Ukrainian book and poster designers, developing the socialist realism. Strakhov designed more than 250 books for the State publishing house of Ukraine.
The collection was printed in Zhytomyr, the center of the fight for Ukrainian independence in 1917-1920 and the national capital of the Ukrainian People’s Republic. When the Republic was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1920, Zhytomyr had become a part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Thus, a Russian-language association printed their collection of poems in this city.
The most known Ukrainian futurist groups Kvero, Aspanfut, etc. were founded by Myhailo Semenko and his circle in the 1910-1920s. Partly following them, Proletkult groups came to light, including ‘All-Ukrainian Federation of Proletarian Writers and Artists’ and ‘Workshop of Masons’ (1918), which stood on nihilistic positions regarding the Ukrainian language and national culture. They functioned as provincial departments of the Moscow Proletkult but didn’t gain popularity, due to the developing Ukrainian Renaissance. Nevertheless, their role and aims were accepted by the VUAPP (All-Ukrainian Association of Proletarian Writers).
The All-Ukrainian Association of Proletarian Writers declared its formation through the newspaper ‘Communist’ in February 1924. According to its program, the organization “had its own library, wall newspaper, magazine and its own publishing house”. The VUAPP became a part of the All-Union Association of Proletarian Writers (VAPP) and two members were included in VAPP administration.
Only two collections of VUAPP works were published in Kharkiv (‘Krasnaia Zemlia’) and Zhytomyr (‘VUAPP’) in 1925. This one contains prose and poetry works, essays about Marxist and proletarian art, criticism of texts by VUAPP members and founding documents of the VUAPP, including its program.
Not found in Worldcat.