[CONCEPTUALIST BULGAKOV] Zapiski na manzhetakh [i.e. Notes on the Cuffs]
New York: Serebriannyi vek, 1981. 117,  p.: ill. 19x12 cm. In original
photomontage wrappers. Pale stains occasionally, otherwise very good.
First separate edition.
Design was produced by Vagrich Bakhchianian (1938-2009),
Armenian-American conceptualist artist, known for his provocative art,
mocking the classical soviet images. He placed the title on the cuff for
the front cover design but then he went much further. The back cover
features photomontage of Bulgakov’s picture lying on the palm. Each
of two half-titles contains the same hand, with the title printed on the
The autobiographical novel by Bulgakov was written in 1922
and the first part published in German periodical the same year, the
second one was published next year in Moscow periodical ‘Rossiia’.
This is the first time the two parts appeared together with
the preface and the commentary by Lev Losev (1937-2009), one of the
most active commentators and adaptors of Akhmatova, Brodsky and