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Bedny, Demyan [Yefim Alekseevich Pridvorov]; Kukryniksy (illustrator) [pseud. Mikhail Kupriyanov, Porfiri Krylov, and Nikolai Sokolov]
STARYE KUKLY [Old Dolls]
Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, (Moscow), 1930. Satirical Soviet picture book ridiculing famous political figures, one of the books critical of Russian history that led to Bedny's fall from grace under Stalin. Bedny was a well-placed Bolshevik writer whose poetry led to a friendship with Lenin, and later a turbulent relationship with Stalin. "His status and willingness to turn out rhymes in defense of the latest turn in party policy on short notice made him a rich man, a car owner, and the only writer to be allocated rooms in the Kremlin" (Andy McSmith) - and Stalin was known to borrow books from Bedny's enormous library. In the same year this book was published, Bedny was censured by a Central Committee resolution for another work. Stalin wrote Bedny that he was making Russia look bad by poking fun of its past. In 1932, after Bedny produced yet another work that Stalin disliked, Stalin evicted Bedny from his Kremlin apartment. A few years later, the famous agitprop writer was officially expelled from the party.This book was illustrated by the Kukryniksy, a collective group of satirical artists who would become famous for their political cartoons during World War II. Scarce, with no auction records. 7.75'' x 6''. Original side-stapled color printed wrappers. Illustrated by Koukryniksi in color with 9 caricatures of historical figures. [8] pages. A little unevenness in printing; rubbing along spine, some edgewear. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Type Punch Matrix [Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.]
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