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Huxley, Aldous

Point Counter Point. First edition of this translation.

Point Counter Point. First edition of this translation.

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Huxley, Aldous [Point Counter Point]. Kontrapunkt.  

Translation by I. Romanovich. 
Preface by D. Mirsky. 

Moskva, Gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo 'Khudozhestvennaia literatura', 1936. 
8vo, 469, [3] pp., portrait.  

In original brown cloth. With errata slip. Issued without dj.  
Near very good condition, light wear. 

First edition of this translation. Second edition of the novel in Russian. One of 10 000 copies published.  

The first Russian translation of Huxley's 'Point Counter Point' was released in 1930 under the title 'Through Different Lenses' with a very modest print run of 4 000 copies and it was never republished. 
It is believed that the interest in Huxley was sparked by his participation in the anti-fascist Congress for the Defense of Culture held in Paris in the summer of 1935. That same year, four chapters of 'Brave New World' were published in the highly popular magazine 'Inostrannaia Literatura' (Foreign Literature, No 8). Additionally, several critical essays on Huxley's work were made available to the general reader.
This second translation of Huxley's novel was undertaken by Igor Romanovich (1904-1943), a distinguished member of Ivan Kashkin's workshop school, who was celebrated as one of the pioneering translators of James Joyce's works into Russian. In 1937, he was arrested and later perished in a camp.
Huxley's name, along with his works, remained relatively unknown to the general reader until Romanovich's translation was republished in 1990.
It's worth noting that the book includes a preface written by Prince Dmitry Svyatopolk-Mirsky (1890-1939), a political and literary historian who had spent many years in England and had a keen understanding of the world recreated by Huxley. Prince Mirsky emigrated to Great Britain in 1921, where he taught Russian literature at the University of London. In 1931, he joined the Communist Party of Great Britain and was granted permission to return to the USSR in 1932. Like Igor Romanovich, he suffered a similar fate, being arrested in June 1937 and losing his life in a camp.
In the preface, Prince Mirsky describes Huxley as a member of the 'dynasty' of the bourgeois English intelligentsia, deeply dissatisfied with bourgeois culture and harboring fear and hatred about the future that further development of capitalist society might bring. Prince Mirsky concludes the preface by praising 'Point Counter Point' as an 'outstanding piece of literature'.
The book is enriched by Huxley's portrait, which was created by the American painter Betsy Graves Reyneau (1888-1964).

OCLC locates only one copy of this edition: in the University of California. 

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