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デカブリストの妻: 叙事詩. [Russian Women]. Designed by Varvara Bubnova.

デカブリストの妻: 叙事詩. [Russian Women]. Designed by Varvara Bubnova.

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ネクラーソフ [Nekrasov, Nikolai] デカブリストの妻: 叙事詩. [Russian Women].

In Japanese.
Series ロシヤ文学名作選 ; 第1.
Translation by 谷 耕平 [Kōhei Tani].
Cover design and frontispiece by Varvara Bubnova.

Tōkyō, 新星社, 昭和22-23 [1947-1948].
8vo, frontispiece, 222 pp.

In original illustrated wrappers.
In good condition, small tears on cover, lightly worn, minor soiling.

The book was designed by the Russian-born painter and graphic artist Varvara Bubnova (1886-1983). Her mother was distantly related to the prominent poet Alexander Pushkin. Varvara studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. In the early 1910s, she became a member of the Youth Union and participated in art exhibitions with Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, and David Burlyuk. Bubnova also worked for the Institute of Artistic Culture with, among others, Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Falk, Lyubov Popova, Varvara Stepanova, and Alexander Rodchenko. In 1923 she moved to Japan, where she lived until 1958, mainly as a teacher and developer of lithography. She taught Russian language and literature at Waseda University in Tokyo also. She was declared an undesirable alien in Japan in 1936 and deported from Tokyo. Bubnova's library and drawings burned after the attacks on Tokyo during WWII. In 1959 she returned to the USSR. The Japanese Emperor awarded Bubnova the Japanese Order of the Precious Crown in 1982.
"Russian Women" is a two-poem cycle by Nikolai Nekrasov (1821-1877), dedicated to the wives of the Decembrists, the Russian revolutionaries, who followed their husbands to their exile in Siberia in 1826. 

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