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Tarantula. First Russian edition of first Dylan's book.

Tarantula. First Russian edition of first Dylan's book.

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Dylan, Bob Tarantul. [Tarantula].

Series Konets Sveta.
Translation by Maksim Nemtsov.
Illustrations by Bob Bylan.
Cover by M. Pavin.

Vladivostok, Uliss, 1991.
12mo, 138, [2] pp., ill.

In original illustrated wrappers.
In good condition, lightly rubbed.

First Russian edition of Dylan's first book. Rare provincial edition. One of 20 000 copies published.

'Tarantula', an experimental prose and poetry collection in a stream-of-consciousness style, was written in 1965–1966. The publishing process was interrupted because of Dylan's motorcycle accident and the first copies appeared in the underground press in the middle of 1965. The first official edition was issued in 1971 only. In 2003 'Spin' magazine published an article 'Top Five Unintelligible Sentences from Books Written by Rock Stars'. Dylan's line from 'Tarantula' came in the first place.
The translation was prepared by Maksim Nemtsov (b. 1963), an editor of samizdat rock magazine 'DVR'. He worked as a consular service assistant at the US Consulate General in Vladivostok. Nemtsov also translated books by Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, and J.D. Salinger.
The front cover is illustrated with photography by Mikhail Pavin (b. 1958) who is considered the creator of the longest photo in Russia. He also taught at the Jilin College of the Arts in China.

We couldn’t trace any copy in the USA or European libraries via OCLC.

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