Lviv: Vohni, 1933. Item #1566
75 pp. 12.2x17.3 cm. In original illustrated publisher’s wrappers. Tears of the spine, slightly worn. Otherwise in a very good condition.
Scarce. First edition. Printed in 1933, this is a collection of short stories written by Vasil Karkhut and designed by Stepan Lutsyk.
Vasil Karkhut (1905-1980) was a Ukrainian doctor, psychotherapist, and writer, one of the most persecuted figures of the time. In the autumn of 1924, Vasil entered the medical department of the Ukrainian Secret University in Lviv, after the closure of which he continued his studies at the Jan II Casimir University, graduating on June 3, 1932. In 1934, Karkhut opened a doctor’s office and began a private practice in the town of Kremyanets. The same year, the doctor was arrested by the Polish occupation authorities and sent to Bereza Kartuzka concentration camp for installing a sign with inscriptions in Ukrainian (above) and Polish (below). After the release from prison, Vasil worked as a doctor on the western border during World War II and was soon imprisoned again on suspicion of belonging to the Ukrainian Nationalist Organization. Vasil spent the rest of his life in between the concentration camps, being convicted at least two times for more than 11 years. In spite of the constant tensions with the authorities, Karkhut managed to leave an important mark on Ukrainian literature. Some of his most famous works include books for youngsters, Homin zpoza nas [i.e. The Noise from us] (1933), Poklyk vol’nykh [i.e. Call of the Free] (1934), and the novel Vistrya v temryavi [i.e. The Blade in the Dark] (1934).
The edition includes 10 short stories about animals and features a remarkable wrapper design by the Ukrainian painter Stepan Lutsyk (1906-1963). From 1926 to 1930 Lutsyk studied at the Oleksa Novakivsky Art School and in 1931 at the Paris Academy of Arts under Fernand Leger and Amede Ozanfan. In the early-1930s, the painter returned to Lviv where he founded the art group Rub (1932-1934) and brought together students of Novakivsky school. Deputy Head and Executive Secretary of the Union of Labor of Ukrainian Fine Artists (1941-1943), Stepan emigrated to Germany in 1944 and left for the United States in 1950. Lutsyk was mainly active as a painter (who became inclined towards modernist tendencies during the American period) and iconographer and Homin zpoza nas represents one of his few works in book design.
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