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Chukovskii [Chukovsky], K. [Kornei]; Konashevich, Vladimir (illustrator)
MUKHA TSOKOTUKHA [The Chatterbox Fly]
Molodaya Gvardiya, Leningrad [St. Petersburg] / Moskow, 1933. First printing of graphic artist Konashevich's illustrated edition of the cheerful, musical poem about "the most famous fly in Soviet children's literature" - known for its veiled anti-Stalin message. First published in 1924 as MUKHINA SVAD'BA, in this book a simple fly is captured and almost killed by a spider, which has traditionally been read as an allusion to Stalin. While some demanded the book be banned, Chukovsky's reputation as a central figure in the field kept the book in circulation. Called "the greatest innovator and pathfinder in Soviet children's literature" (Maria Nikolajeva), Chukovsky tried to help threatened artists under Stalin by providing them with work and connections. Svetlana Boym describes the connection between children's literature and avant-garde artists in the Soviet era: "Children's literature had a unique function in the Soviet tradition: from the 1930s through the 1970s it served as the last refuge of the Soviet avant-garde. In the 1930s, many experimental poets, including Oleinikov and Kharms, later killed in Stalin's camps, were given work by Kornei Chukovsky [.] Thus, memories of childhood, the history of the oppression of alternative art and compromised strategies of survival are closely linked for an ex-Soviet artist." All early editions of this book are scarce. 8.75'' x 7''. Original side-stapled color printed wrappers designed by Konashevich. Illustrated by Konashevich in black and white throughout. [16] pages. "Printed in Soviet Union" faintly stamped on title page. A coupl … [Click Below for Full Description]
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