Item #1846 [NEP EPOCH] Chernaia pena. Komediia v 4-kh deistviiakh [i.e. Black Foam. Comedy in 4 Acts]. P. Arskii.
[NEP EPOCH] Chernaia pena. Komediia v 4-kh deistviiakh [i.e. Black Foam. Comedy in 4 Acts]
[NEP EPOCH] Chernaia pena. Komediia v 4-kh deistviiakh [i.e. Black Foam. Comedy in 4 Acts]

[NEP EPOCH] Chernaia pena. Komediia v 4-kh deistviiakh [i.e. Black Foam. Comedy in 4 Acts]

Moscow; Leningrad: Izd. MODPiK, 1929. Item #1846

48 pp. 19,5x13,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Front cover restored, title page with traces of ink number and pale water stains, otherwise very good copy.

Second edition. One of 3000 copies. Very rare.
A four-act propaganda play exposes non-socialist elements elongating their NEP behavior after the period was over.
Cover design was created by Naum Sokolik (1897-1944). Born in Odessa, Sokolik studied in local art institutions, then was an organizer of art exhibitions in Odessa. After he moved to Moscow, Sokolik was engaged in poster and book design. In particular, he designed a range of propaganda posters during the first five-year plan. In this case, the artist produced a diagonal composition of two NEP-nature women involved in a scandal around a gambling and dishonest man.
The play revealed non-socialist elements that could be hiding at any factory. They didn’t solve problems of factory workers and endangered their lives; they spent enterprise budget in restaurants on alcohol and entertainment; they carried out shady deeds for their own benefit – most often, they didn’t act alone, but in collusion with accomplices. The four-act play uncovered a case of three factory administration workers and the plot was finished with a marriage of honest workers. After the wedding proposal, the woman set common socialist conditions for the marriage: no alcohol, elimination of illiteracy and obtaining technical education, freeing her from “kitchen slavery” and recognizing her as an independent person.
Pavel Arskii (Afanasiev; 1886-1967) was a Russian revolutionary and an author of early Soviet plays on the Revolution and the Civil War. During the Second World War, he also composed songs for Red Army soldiers.

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