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Vastu hommikut (Before Morning), Novels - August Gailit / JAAN VAHTRA cover desi - 1926. 
Kirjastusühistu Loodus Tartus 1926 - Estonian language. Octavo 140x205 mm. Weight 395 gr. Wrappers 269  pp. The book is in Fine condition, without any losses, remarks and damages. Little frayed cover edges, traces of use and time are present (please see images). Remarkable Minimalistic Constructivist Cover Design by Famous Estonian Artist Jaan Vahtra. AUGUST GAILIT (1891-1960) was an Estonian writer. He could be named as a giant among the large number of gifted world novelists. Writer of exuberant imagination, who is immediately recognizable by his style, which probably leaves nobody indifferent. In 1917 Gailit, along with some other writers and poets, founded a literary group called Siuru, he was expressionist-naturalist member of the group. Until the middle of the 1920s Gailit was strongly influenced by neo-romanticism. As a talented master of words with an extraordinary style, choice of subject and type, Gailit focused throughout his creative life on the eternal opposition of beauty and ugliness, positive and negative. He tried to shock the reader by cynical sarcasm, decadence, symbolist grotesque. In the middle of the 1920s neo-romanticism in literature subsided and realism raised, this significantly changed Gailits literary creation. Symbolistic expressionist style novels replaced by dramatic style works, in which treatment of human psyche (soul) became much more prominent. Author's cult novels collections of realistic period were "Vastu hommikut" and "Crusaders". Gailits legendary specific literary style was achieved through a lot of changes. Each period of writers creative life has given to Estonian Novels Culture something important and unique. JAAN VAHTRA (1882-1947) was one of the most bright talents of Estonian modern art, a founding member of the Estonian Art Group of Cubism and Constructivism. Very important is Jaan Vahtra creative work of graphic art in journalism. He studied in Riga and St.Petersburg. In St.Petersburg Vahtra encountered cubo-futurism. The cubist manner persisted in Vahtra's creative work in book design. In graphic art journalism Vahtra mostly created cover designs, which retained the constructivist manner. Cubism and constructivism, which are known to operate with abstract figures as opposed to the expression of feelings of expressionism, normally eliminate any kind of emotion. Only the form is important, the rational organisation of surfaces, the play of the relations of colour. Vahtra drawings have strong features, retaining a firm composition and legibility of font. He cleansed the cover design of excessive details and over-crowding. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Baltic Bouquiniste]
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