Tiflis: 41 degrees, 1919. Item #617
16 pp. 21x17 cm. Original wrappers designed by Kirill Zdanevich (1892-1969), the founder of ‘orchestral art’ and one of the most influential artists of Russian and Georgian avant-garde. In fine condition.
One of the most important editions of the celebrated 41 degrees group in Tiflis, the fundamental avant-garde movement that thrived in 1918-1921 due to the fact that many members of Russian avant-garde elite have joined forces with the local artists and poets.
The core part in that vortex was played by ‘the duo of three idiots’- Alexey Kruchyonykh, Igor Terentiev and Ilia Zdanevich. Together they created a unique typographical language, which was reflected in the publications of 41 degrees. This particular title is the biography of Alexei Kruchyonykh, written by Igor Terentiev in a futuristic manner. It’s a panegyric written to celebrate one of the most complex and unorthodox poets of the time. Terentiev compares Kruchyonykh to ‘the steel robe, that is ready to take on any weight’. At the same time, he mocks fellow ‘idiot’ for a constant obsession with a production of books and includes a thorough analysis of main poems by Kruchyonykh.
The book ends with the poetical address from Kruchyonykh to Terentiev and the reply of the latter. Being the only biography of Kruchyonykh printed during his lifetime, it’s also a new genre of literary work itself.
Worldcat locates copies at the Getty Research Institute, Beinecke Library (Yale) and Houghton Library (Harvard).