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Books:Slavic Literature:Literature From ZH BOOKS


Razgrom [Limited to 5000 Copies]

By Fadeev, Aleksandur

Sofia: Knigo-Lotos, 1948. Softcover. Presumed first Bulgarian edition (OCLC lists only a 1970 edition); 5 1/2 x 8; pp. [3], 8-189, [3]; blue pictorial wraps; age-toning and some creasing along margins of covers; small cuts and rubbed spots to tips of spine; front hinge a bit weak; handwritten note to last page; portrait frontis; illustrated with beautiful woodcuts; overall good to very good. An unrecorded edition of Alexandr Fadeev's "Defeat" (translated into English alternately as "The Nineteen" or "The Rout") which brought the author his fame and recognition. Fadeev was an author, co-founder of The Union of Soviet Writers, and its chairman from 1946 to 1954. He was part of the guerrilla movement against the White Army during the Russian Civil War and was later proclaimed by Stalin "the greatest humanist the world has ever known." Fadeev began writing "Defeat," in which he vividly described the young guerrilla fighters, in 1925 and it was first published in 1927.


Puteshestviia v Nekotorye Otdalennye Strany Sveta Lemiuelia Gullivera, Snachala Khirurga a Potom Kapitana Neskolʹkikh Korablei

By Svift, Dzhonatan

Moscow: Khudozhestvennaia Literatura, 1967. Hardcover. First edition thus; 6 x 8; pp. [4], 5-389, [3]; embossed black cloth over boards; gilt decoration to front cover; pictorial DJ; small rubbed spots to corners; minor foxing to page edges and margins of first few pages only; illustrated in red and black; about near fine- condition. Jacket with few cuts and chips to spine tips and few spots of foxing; very good. A beautiful edition of Johnathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" beautifully illustrated by graphic artist Igor' Prager.


Puteshestvie s Charli: V Poiskakh Ameriki [Travels with Charlie: In Search of America]

By Steinbeck, John

Moscow: Progress, 1965. Hardcover. First edition; 5 x 8; pp. [4], 5-255; beige cloth over boards illustrated in brown and black; minor fading and age-toning to spine; very light forward slant to spine; very good to near fine. A beautiful edition of John Steinbeck's classic on his road trip across the United States.


Polnoe Sobranie Sochinenii K. M. Staniukovicha (In 12 Volumes)

By Staniukovich, Konstantin

S. Peterburg: A. F. Marksa, 1906. Second edition (first edition published in 1902 in 13 volumes); 5 1/2 x 8; textured red cloth over boards; gilt title to spine; minor wear to head and tail of spine; gilt somewhat faded; small nick to top edge of title page in vol. I; internally clean; overall very good to near fine condition. The son of an admiral, Konstantin was enrolled in the Imperial Naval School by his father "to clear his head of nonsense" or in other words to steer him clear of the "foolishness" of a literary career. Staniukovich endured 3 years in the Navy before resigning in the early 1860s and consequently being disowned by his family. Considered a liberal and accused of secretly keeping in touch with Russian exiles in Germany and England - he was arrested and sent to Siberia in 1885. To pass the time in prison, Staniukovich began recalling and jotting down the stories, adventures, and faces - both real and imaginary - of his years in the Navy. In the last 20 years of his life he wrote hundreds of sea stories for which he is most renowned today.


622 Upadki Bunga Czyli Demoniczna Kobieta

By Witkiewitz, Stanislaw Ignacy

Warsaw: Panstwowy Instytut Wydawniczy , 1972. First edition; 5 x 7 3/4; pp. [2], 5-545, [3]; original off-white cloth over boards; purple and black title and decoration; pictorial DJ. Very minor wear to corners and tips of spine; 3 small rubbed spots to edge of first free page; near fine. Jacket with chips along edges; closed vertical cut to spine with a thin strip of tape to verso; colors bright and beautiful; good to very good. Witkiewitz's first book, The 622 Downfalls of Bungo or The Demonic Woman was written in 1911 but was not published until 1972 - 61 years after it was created and 33 years after the author's death. He was a Polish poet, playwright, novelist, painter and philosopher. Words used to describe him varied from megalomaniac, womanizer, misogynist, and drug addict to genius and master of art. He often annotated his paintings with mnemonics of the names of drugs he had taken while working on them. 622 Downfalls was created as an autobiographical novel but the author was strongly urged to not publish it for its forthright sex images and for the fact that the main characters were barely disguised portraits of his friends. In 1939, after hearing the news of Russia's invasion of Poland, Stanislaw Witkiewitz committed suicide by slitting his wrists and taking a drug overdose. The stunning cover art of the jacket was created by Polish abstract painter and graphic artist Alicja Wahl.


Chasut na Vuzmezdieto

By Avramov, Nikola

Sofia: Durzhavno Voenno Izdatelstvo, 1969. First edition; 4 x 5 1/2; pp. [4], 7-166, [1]; original red wraps with abstract b&w decoration; closed cut to tail of spine; few crease lines to corners; internally clean; good to very good. Appropriately titled: "The Hour of Redemption," the book is a beautiful example of the propaganda fiction of the 1960s in Bulgaria. The first-person narrative follows the establishing of a complex network of capitalist spies, which is helped and supported by the Vatican. Will they be stopped?


V Okopakh Stalingrada

By Nekrasov, Viktor

Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel'stvo Khudozhestvennoi Literatury, 1948. Second printing; 5 x 8; [2], 3-263, [1]; brick-red cloth over boards; beige and blue title and decoration; minor wear to corners; last few pages a bit brittle; stamp of "Russian American Society of San Francisco" to title page and fore-edge; overall very good or better condition. Viktor Nekrasov was a Soviet journalist, writer, and editor. His current book - "In the Trenches of Stalingrad" - was based on his experiences as an officer in the Red Army during WWII. For it, in 1947, Stalin bestowed on him the Soviet Union's highest literary award. The novel has often been compared to Erich Maria Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' for its simple narrative. In the 1960s the author was denounced by Nikita Khrushchev for his refusal to conform and was threatened with becoming a persona-non-grata unless he stopped supporting his friends Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov. Nekrasov left for France in 1974 where he became a prominent figure among the Soviet dissidents in Paris. His Soviet citizenship was revoked in 1979.