Item #1576 [PHOTOMONTAGE] Lenin. Zhizn’ i rabota [i.e. Lenin. His Life and Work]. E. Yaroslavsky.
[PHOTOMONTAGE] Lenin. Zhizn’ i rabota [i.e. Lenin. His Life and Work]

[PHOTOMONTAGE] Lenin. Zhizn’ i rabota [i.e. Lenin. His Life and Work]

Moscow: Novaia Moskva, 1924. Item #1576

63 pp.: ill., 1 portrait. 18x14 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Small tears of spine, otherwise mint.
First edition. One of 8000 copies.
Record of a speech revolutionary Yemelyan Yaroslavsky (1878–1943) gave soon after Lenin’s death, on January 29, 1924.
The cover design features a photomontage installed into the title - ‘‘Lenin’’. The word consists of heavy block letters and is tightly connected with Communist hammer and sickle. Two letters E and I are covered with a picture of a crowd.
According to Khrushchev’s memoirs, the Communist party called Yaroslavsky a “Soviet priest”, as in the 1920-1930s he was the foremost anti-religious propagandist and was the main initiator of the anti-religious policy of the Soviet leadership. He performed this function for nearly two decades, until the German invasion of the USSR when Stalin turned to the Russian Orthodox church for help in the war effort. He was an editor of the atheist satirical magazine Bezbozhnik [Godless] and led the League of the Militant Godless organization.
It is not just a story of Lenin’s lifetime but a witness account on events described. It is supplemented with a frontispiece showing Lenin’s portrait and two pictures in the text: a photo of him and Nadezhda Krupskaya on a street and a photo of him standing in front of a crowd during a demonstration.

Not in Worldcat.

Price: $850.00

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