Moscow: Gosizdat, 1929. Item #1325
260 pp.: ill., graphs, schemes, notes. 22x15 cm. 1 of 2,000 copies. In original illustrated wrappers. Spine and edges of covers restored, light water stains on outer margin of some pages, few pencil marks, otherwise very good.
First edition. Wrapper design by Alexander Rodchenko.
Literary Center of Constructivists was a literary group founded in 1924 by I. Selvinsky and K. Zelinsky. They proclaimed that it was
necessary for the art to participate in the construction of socialist culture as actively as possible. They set to fill, for example, the poetry with modern topics like manufacturing. Nevertheless they didn’t create any particular style of the era. The group was disbanded in 1930. They published three books and this is their last collection with such authors as Vera Inber, Eduard Bagritsky, Boris Agapov, Nikolai Aduev and others. In this book literature questions were bound with goals of technical progress and “western” ideas, “americanism” popular among technical intelligentsia. As for the group they considered themselves as organizing movement in literature meeting the requirements of this period - socialist rebuilding (p.6).
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