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Valtatiet (Highways) : Poetry
Helsingissä Kustannusosakeyhtiö OTAVA (OTAVA Publishing House, Helsinki) 1928 - Finnish language. Octavo 152x192 mm. Weight 205 gr. Wrappers 64 pp. The book is in Fine condition, without any visible defects, losses, remarks or stains, one small hardly evident bend on the cover, signed on the title (please see images). Incredible Modernistic Futurist Cover Design and six full-paged drawings inside by Finnish Artist and Illustrator Sylvi Kunnas (1903-1971). This illustrated anthology includes 18 poems by Mika Waltari (1908-1979) and 12 poems by Olavi Paavolainen, writing under the pseudonym Olavi Lauri (1903-1964). "Valtatiet" is characterized as an undeniable high point of Futurist-inspired poetry written in the Finnish language. Poem is a youthful manifest of machine romanticism. The poet speeds through the countries of Europe in his red Fiat car, which explodes into a star over the Sahara Desert. The book is perfectly complemented with illustrations by Sylvi Kunnas depicting urban scenes with electric street lights, a stylish car, and a harbour with a highly visible “BAR”. "Valtatiet" was originally published by Otava's expense in 1928. Poem was not commercially successful and received mixed reviews that well illustrate the divided Finnish attitudes towards new art at the time. "The presence of koneromantiikka in the book was considered to be so forced, especially in Waltari’s poems, that it was accused of having been written only as a programmatic statement, rather than a work of poetic inspiration. The authors were accused of slavishly following Marinetti’s instructions without creating anything of their own. One enthusiastic reviewer was inspired to use the Futurist-sounding title of “1,000 words of concrete: About Valtatiet: Personal experiences from Finland’s most Modernist poetry collection” and had the article printed in a scattered typography surrounded by geometric shapes and isolated words such as “antenna, steel, visit.” Later poem became popular and was re-edited by the same publisher "OTAVA" in 1982. OVALI PAAVOLAINEN (1903 - 1964) was a Finnish writer, poet, essayist and journalist. During his early years, he went under the pseudonym of Olavi Lauri. Paavolainen was the central figure of the literary group Tulenkantajat ('The Flame Bearers') and one of the most influential literary opinion leaders between the two World wars in Finland. He represented liberal and European-oriented views of culture and had an eclectic eye for new ideas. In the late 1920s Paavolainen wrote essays that praised urban life, technology, and roaring cars in his works centering on modernism. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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