Moscow: Trud i kniga, 1925. 76,  pp. 23x15 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Near fine. Uncut. Tiny pieces from the top and bottom of spine lost.
First and only edition. Very rare. One of 20000 copies. Cover designed by A.M. Lopukhin.
From the introduction we learn that dramatizations (performances) and songs placed in the collection are intended for Komsomol and youth anti-religious evenings. “They are humorous, show how priests, fortune-tellers and other rogues deceive believers with imperishable relics, holy tails and other rubbish”. “For purely Komsomol evenings, the material can be used entirely. And if there are believers, be careful not to «overdo it.” (“Remember the words of comrade Kalinin - don’t offend a religious belief”) Overall there are four dramas in prose and poems (one by Demian Bedny), three games, 2 recitations (one by D. Bedny), 20 songs (including songs by Bedny, Apostol Fyodor, Argus, female factory workers, et al.). A special introduction for songs section explains how to organize singalong, for example, to put among the audience performers-choristers, correct choice of songs, special singers to start and set the tune, etc. One of the games called “Priest and Komsomolets” starts by placing all participants on one end of the playground, ‘priest’ in the middle and Komsomol man on the other end. ‘Believers’ are trying to run over to Komsomolets and ‘priest’ is trying to stop them. When everyone crossed over, the priest joins them.
Exemplary anti-religious propaganda book with striking cover.
WorldCat locates two copies at Princeton University and the British Library.