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Kolʹtsov, Mikhail

Acting Faces: Feuilletons. Rare in good condition.

Acting Faces: Feuilletons. Rare in good condition.

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Kolʹtsov, Mikhail [Acting Faces: Feuilletons]. Deistvuiushchie Litsa.

Series Novinki proletarskoi literatury.
[Cover photomontage by unknown artist].

Moskva-Leningrad, Gos. izd-vo khudozh. lit-ry, 1931.
8vo, 207, [1] pp.

In original hardcover with photomontage (front and back cover).
In good condition, worn to cover, spine lightly rubbed and carefully repaired, edges lightly bumped, small cracks to spine, stained to back cover, owner’s marks to p. 2.

Rare in good condition. One of 5 000 copies printed. 

The collection of feuilletons about labor in pre-revolutionary Russia and the new Soviet country was written by Mikhail Kol’tsov (born Moisey Fridlyand; 1898-1940/2), a journalist and a prominent figure in the Soviet intellectual elite, who also served as an NKVD agent. He played a pivotal role as the founder and editor of 'Ogonek', 'Chudak', 'Krokodil', and 'Sovetskoe Foto' magazines, and was a member of the editorial board of "Pravda." Kol’tsov is renowned for being Stalin’s chief reporter during the Spanish Civil War. Notably, Ernest Hemingway portrayed Kol’tsov as the character Karkov in his novel 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'.
In 1938, Kol’tsov faced arrest, and he was subsequently executed either in 1940 or 1942. His name and works were banned and removed from Soviet literature during this period.

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