Leningrad: Priboi, 1925. 40 pp. 19,5x13,5 cm. In publisher’s photomontage wrappers. Very good. Small tears of the spine, small black square painted
on the t.p. (painted over), traces of something glued to the verso of the front wrapper.
First and only edition. One of 10000 copies. Very rare.
Sel’korka (sel’skaya korrespondentka) is a name for female correspondent in villages. Here it is also a name of the play which dramatizes fictitious political trial. The case of Anna Ivanova, a citizen of the village of Peski, on charges of unfounded public discrediting through the press of a rural cooperative organization. Political trials were legal and quasi-legal trials during which defendants are accused of offenses against the existing political system or state. It was a common thing in 1920s when Soviet statesmen were looking for the most effective propaganda tools. Here the defendant was found not guilty as evidence proving her publications true were found. Originally she published materials exposing conspiracy and corruption in the village. The slogan
on the front cover “Sel’korka is a friend to women of village and pillar of the community” supports this play and edition in being a propaganda of education, newspapers and women’s emancipation.
Not found in Worldcat.