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Hemingway, Ernest

Death in the Afternoon. Hemingway's first book in Russian.

Death in the Afternoon. Hemingway's first book in Russian.

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Hemingway, Ernest [Death in the Afternoon]. Smert' Posle Poludnya.

Compiled and edited by I. Kashkin. 

[Moskva], Goslitizdat, 1934.
8vo, 271 pp., portrait.

In publisher's binding.
Near very good condition, minor losses to spine, small stain on back cover, small loss of edge on pp. 23-24 without text. 

Hemingway's first book in Russian. Passed for printing on December 8th 1934. One of 8 000 copies published. 

This edition includes stories from Hemingway's first book 'In Our Time' (except 'On the Quai at Smyrna', 'The Revolutionist' and 'My Old Man'), 'Men Without Women' ('Ten Indians', 'The Killers', 'In Another Country', 'A Simple Enquiry', 'Che Ti Dice La Patria? (I)', 'An Alpine Idyll', 'Hills Like White Elephants', 'A Canary for One', 'Now I Lay Me'), 'Death in the Afternoon' (an excerpt from twelfth chapter) and 'Winner Take Nothing' ('Homage to Switzerland', 'A Clean, Well-Lighted Place', 'The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio'). 
Ivan Kashkin (1899-1963), a literary critic and translator, was 'responsible for Hemingway reputation in the USSR'. He founded and headed 'the Soviet school' of literary translation. This team translated the book. Hemingway borrowed the name of Kashkin and used it in 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'. Also Hemingway wrote that Kashkin 'is the best critic and translator I ever had'. 
The preface appeared early as an article in 'Literaturny Kritik' magazine (September 1934). Here Kashkin wrote that Hemingway 'is outside the traditions of modern American literature' and compared him to Ambrose Bierce, Anton Chekhov, Guy de Maupassant and Prosper Merimee. 

Hanneman, 287. Libman, #6686. 

OCLC locates five copies: in the Yale University Library, the Harvard University Library, the University of Cambridge Library, the University of Texas at El Paso Library and in the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (Belgium). 

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