Kharkiv: Vydannia avtora [Derzh. vydavnytstvo Ukrainy], 1926. 132 pp. 17x13 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Fragments of spine and front cover lost, creases, some soiling of covers, water stain on upper margin of first 18 pages, ink signatures on front cover and t.p., marks on back cover, otherwise very good.
First and only edition. One of 3000 copies. Banned edition.
Constructivist cover design was produced 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 socialist realism. Strakhov designed more than 250 books for the State publishing house of Ukraine.
The edition contains critical articles by journalist Valerian Polishchuk (1897-1937), a representative of the Executed Renaissance, a founder of literary and artistic groups ‘Grono’ (1920) and ‘Avangard’ (1925-1930). The last one glorified modernity of civilization and a world of technical revolution. It gathered poets V. Polishchuk, O. Levada, L. Chernov, R. Troyanker, prose writer V. Yarina, artists V. Yermylov and G. Tsapok. In 1934, Polishchuk was sentenced to 10 years of labor camps for anti-Soviet activity, but the case was revised soon and Polishchuk was shot in 1937.
The edition was published in the midst of a literary discussion of 1925–1928. The author presented his point of view on contemporary creators of Ukrainian culture, tried to give a new understanding of poems, criticized contemporaries: Serhiy Yefremov (1876-1939; executed), Pavlo Tychyna (1891-1967) and Mykola Khvylovy (1893-1933). The latter committed suicide due to Stalin’s repressions of Ukrainian public figures.
Apart from this collection, Polishchuk also outlined his principles in a book ‘Pul’s epokhi’ (1927). All works by Polishchuk were banned and withdrawn out of circulation in 1938.
No paper copies found in the USA according to Worldcat.