Item #1925 [NEP VS SOCIALIST INSTITUTIONS] Ternistyi put’ [i.e. Thorny Way]. N. Stepnoi.
[NEP VS SOCIALIST INSTITUTIONS] Ternistyi put’ [i.e. Thorny Way].

[NEP VS SOCIALIST INSTITUTIONS] Ternistyi put’ [i.e. Thorny Way].

Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo, 1925. Item #1925

21 pp. 20x13,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Spine and back cover restored, stamp of private library on verso of t.p., unreadable trace of stamp on rear side of back cover, otherwise mint.
First and only edition. One of 10 000 copies. The edition was designed and typeset by students of a Collective Studying School.

It is a good example of a propaganda fiction book aimed at women. A story is set during the NEP. A girl works as a servant in poor conditions for a rich family. After she becomes pregnant, she is fired – loosing job and dwelling simultaneously – feels emotionally depressed and wants to commit suicide. Over time friends intervened, advised her to a legal consultant, and recommended her to a factory. Since then, a Soviet court, a trade union, an antenatal clinic and maternity leave appear in the story propagating socialism and its advantages. The lithographed cover design was produced in constructivist style, in common red and black inks. Looking for a more impressive and clear image, an artist depicted an antenatal clinic instead of the character’s sufferings.

Making debut in the pre-revolutionary period, the author Nikolai Stepnoi (pseudonym of Nikolai Afinogenov; 1878-1947) published a lot in the early USSR. He was a member of a literary group “Kuznitsa” [Smithy] and the All-Union Association of Proletarian Writers (VAPP). In the early 1930s, he almost ceased publishing. In 1943, Stepnoi was blamed for anti-Soviet propaganda and sent to a mental asylum.

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