Moscow: Krasnaya nov’, 1924. Item #528
87 pp.: ill. 24x16 cm. In original photomontage oversized wrappers. Very good. Some light foxing of the wrappers, tiny tears of the spine and edges of wrappers.
First and only edition. One of 6000 copies. Rare.
The purpose of this pamphlet was to enlarge the number of subscribers to village newspapers and create a network of village reporters. Materials in the book include agitation articles “In Favor of Newspaper”, “Woman! Subscribe to Peasants Newspaper”, “Peasant Correspondent” (on how to become a correspondent in the village) - the note on the verso of the title page stated that these materials of the book should be read out loud with ‘mandatory conduct of discussion’. An interesting article titled “How Reading Huts Can Work with Newspaper” explores the work of ‘izba-chital’nia’ (i.e. reading hut) which became widely spread in early 1920s as a main form of likbez and political propaganda. The main idea is that reading is not enough and it’s always better to secure the gathered information with discussions and other activities. The book also includes fiction stories, chastushkas, slogans, plays in order to provide agitation in a more сomprehensible and entertaining manner for peasants.
The last part of the book is a bibliography list of works on methods of propaganda and agitation using newspaper.
Worldcat locates an only copy in University of Texas.