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Kruchenykh, Aleksei and Maria Siniakova, illustrator
Razboinik Van'ka-Kain i Son'ka Manikiurshchitsa: ugolovnyi roman [The robber Vanka-Kain and Son'ka the manicurist. A crime novel]
Moscow: [Izdanie vserossiskogo soiuza poetov], 1925 (front cover states 1926). Large octavo (26 × 17.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 30 pp. Wrapper illustration and 6 (5 full page) lithographic illustrations by Maria Siniakova. Wrappers somewhat worn and soiled; corners a bit bent; still about very good. First freestanding edition of this folk-Futurist "criminal novel" in verse by the Futurist poet Aleksei Kruchenykh (1886-1968), with original lithographed illustrations by the Futurist artist Maria Siniakova (1890-1984). A shortened version of this novel, which is based on an eighteenth-century legend about a robber and spy, first appeared in Mayakovsky's LEF in 1924, with this edition marked as "significantly expanded and corrected." One of the key figures of Russian Futurism, Kruchenykh co-authored (with Velimir Khlebnikov) the libretto to the famous Futurist opera "Victory Over the Sun" (1913) and is known as the main theorist and practitioner of "zaum" (trans-sense) language in poetry, most famously in his poetic collection "Pomada" (Lipstick, 1913). Discussing the language of this novel-in-verse, the scholar Marina Dmitrieva writes:"for Kruchenykh, the work was a linguistic research project concerned with gangster language. As before when collaborating with Khlebnikov, Kruchenykh masterfully adapted the language of urban folklore to the context of a modern narrative with subversive irony." The novel is appended with a dictionary of "blatnye slova" (gangster language) supplied by the author. The Futurist artist Maria Siniakova (1886-1968) designed the cover and prov … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [Boston, MA, U.S.A.]
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