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Selvinsky, Ilya

The Lay of Ulyalaev. First edition of the poem.

The Lay of Ulyalaev. First edition of the poem.

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Selvinsky, Ilya [The Lay of Ulyalaev: Epopee]. Ulialaevshchina: Epopeia.

Series Novosti russkoy literatury.
Book design by Ivan Rerberg. 

Moskva, Krug, 1927. 
12mo, 148 pp.

In original pictorial hardcover.
In good condition, light wear to edges, owner’s signature to endpaper, owner’s stamp to free endpaper, some soiling to first pages, rare foxing.

First edition. One of 3 000 copies printed.

The suppression of the counterrevolutionary kulak rebellion, led by Ulyalaev, is a notable historical event.
In the first edition of the poem by Ilya Selvinsky (1899-1968), the leader of the Literary Center of Constructivists (LTsK), an early Soviet modernist group, the literary portrayal of Ulyalaev garnered more attention than that of the communists. As a result, the first edition was confiscated. Subsequently, the text underwent revisions and was republished multiple times.

Wolfgang Kasack, p. 371.

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