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Hidas, Antal

Colonies Scream. Rare first edition.

Colonies Scream. Rare first edition.

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Hidas, Antal [Colonies Scream]. Kolonii Krichat.

Series Novinki proletarskoy literatury.
Translation by Aleksandr Romm.
Preface by L. Magyar. 
Cover by B. Prorokov.

Moskva-Leningrad, Gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo khudozhestvennoi literatury, 1932. 
18mo, 78, [2] pp.

In original illustrated binding.
Near very good condition, slightly wear to spine and edges.

First edition. Very rare.
One of 5 000 copies printed. 

This collection of verses is dedicated to the oppressed people in India, Africa, and China. The author, Hungarian poet Antal Hidas (1899-1980), lived in the USSR from 1925 to 1959. During The Great Purge, he was arrested and imprisoned. The preface was prepared by Hungarian Communist journalist and sinologist Lajos Magyar (1891-1937/1940?). In 1922, he emigrated to the Soviet Union and served as the deputy chief of the Oriental Secretariat of the Executive Committee of the Communist International. In the early 1930s, he lectured on problems of colonialism at the Institute of Red Professors. Magyar was arrested in 1935 and executed.
These verses were translated by Alexander Room (1898-1943), a poet and translator, and the elder brother of Soviet film director Mikhail Room. The Russian translation was published before the edition in Hungarian (which was also published in the USSR).
The cover was created by artist Boris Prorokov (1911-1972), who studied at Vkhutein under Dmitriy Moor. This cover was used exclusively for this edition.

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