Ulialaevshchina: epopeia [The Ulialaev uprising: an epic].

Moscow, Gosizdat “Khudozhestvennaia literatura”, 1935.

Sm. 8vo, pp. 128; a very good copy in the original printed paper boards designed by L. Litvak, bookseller’s stamp to back paste-down.

£100

Approximately:
US $129€110

Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
Ulialaevshchina: epopeia [The Ulialaev uprising: an epic].

Checkout now

Fourth edition (first, 1927) of Sel’vinskii’s first and most successful verse epic. Ulialaevshchina describes the fortunes of a kulak, Ulialaev, ‘who seized an estate from its pre-Revolutionary owner and was later defeated in an anarchist rebellion by the Red Army. Selvinsky’s depictions are folkloric. The hero’s wife, first taken from the landowner, is brutally murdered, her corpse dragged by a horse, and her head impaled on a spear by the Red commander. Ulialaev himself is shot and decapitated. In the 1950s this tale had to be rewritten, and its hero became Lenin’ (Evelyn Bristol, A History of Russian Poetry, OUP, 1991, p. 255).

Hellyer 467; Russian Modernism 699; Tarasenkov p. 336.

You may also be interested in...

[SURREALISM.]

Le Ciel bleu. Hebdomadaire littéraire pour tous. De l’autre côté du miroir… No. 1 [- 9, all published].

The complete run of this short-lived Belgian Surrealist periodical, produced during the closing months of World War II.

Read more

AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna.

Stikhotvoreniia (1909–1960) [Poems (1909–1960)].

First edition: a severely censored selection of poems, taken both from the early books Evening (1912), Rosary (1914), White Flock (1917), and Plantain (1921), and also from Akhmatova’s later collections Reed and Seventh Book. Some of these latter poems are published here for the first time.

Read more