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Protiv formalizma v sovetskoi poezii [Against formalism in Soviet poetry]
Moscow: Izdatel'stvo "Pravda", 1948. Octavo (21.3 × 14 cm). Original printed wrappers; 31, [1] pp. A very good copy. First and only publication of this important document of the Soviet anti-Formalist and anti-Cosmopolitanist attacks during the late 1940s. The transcript of a lecture held in 1948 in Moscow by Boris Iakovlev (1913-1994), the Soviet literary scholar and political activist, in which he decries the anti-historical and anti-Soviet nature of formalist poetry. Among the poets he highlights and analyzes are Kirsanov, Sel'vinskii, Khlebnikov, Aseev and other representatives of Russian futurism, constructivism and imagism. He also draws parallels between "formalist" poetry and "formalist" music. The same year, Iakovlev also published a longer article on Khlebnikov, in which he derides his obscure verse and those who have cultivated the poet's legacy ("A poet for aesthetes," Novyi mir, 1948). "What his admirers took to be signs of his genius -- his neology, for example, or his utopianism -- are taken by the critic as signs of snobbism, mysticism, and sick fantasizing" (Vroon 1987, p. 4). Quite scarce, with KVK, OCLC showing only the copies at UC Berkeley and the Austrian National Library.
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