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Kolau Cherniavskii (Kirill Zdanevich, illus)
Pis'ma. Stikhi. (Letters. Poems)
Tiflis: the author, 1927. Large octavo 30 p. 21 x 14.5 cm., wrappers, 30pp. Nikolai Andreevich Cherniavskii (1893-1945) was a poet and translator of first rank. A lover of Georgia, its language and culture, he adopted the name Kolau for his life there. He was an active participant in the 41 Degrees group, a co-signor of their manifesto in 1918 along with Il'ia Zdanevich, Kruchenykh and Terent ev, and was a regular participant of the Fantastic Tavern. He was a translator the Armenian Futurist Kara Dervish, bringing another important 41 Degree member into Russian language. He was close to Kirill Zdanevich who is the cover designer here and who executed a large, well-known portrait of him. The present work is important one, which acquired anecdotal fame for his rendering of the Internationale and Rimbaud's Nocturnal Orgies into Russian, both translations rousing and even wild though far from literally accurate. The author was a typographer and original among the constructivists of Tiflis for his poetry which employed three sizes of fonts. If you read only the words in the largest print, ignoring the words in the medium or small print, you get one text. If you read the words in medium font, skipping the rest of the fonts, then you got a second, completely independent text of the poem. If you finally read the smallest print (say, petit or nonparallel), then a third, unexpected text was obtained (Turchinskii). The title page with a dedication in pencil with a monogram of the author's initials. From the year of publication. OCLC locates three North American institutional holdings … [Click Below for Full Description]
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