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Operatsiia "Khaos": nauchno-fantasticheskii roman [Operation "Chaos": a science-fiction novel].
[Soviet Union], early to mid-1980s - Octavo (20.5 x 14.5 cm). Original green cloth; carbon copy typescript to rectos and versos; [2], 3-322 pp. Binding rubbed at corners and spine extremities; a few threads along spine loosened; small label to rear pastedown effaced; internally very good. Rare samizdat edition of the first, unofficial translation of Poul Anderson's "Operation 'Chaos'" (originally published in English in 1973). The first official translation of the novel appeared in 1992, after the fall of the Soviet regime. A love story between the werewolf Matuchek and the witch Virginia Graylock, Anderson's novel is set in a magical alternate world during an alternate version of World War II. The United States must defend themselves against an Islamic caliphate wielding a terrifying superweapon. The theme of an arms race between warring nations is not accidental, and may have been one of the reasons Anderson was not published in the Soviet Union. As David Seed recently argued, Anderson was preoccupied with the Cold War throughout his work, and the predominant themes of apocalypse and nuclear war must be read in the context of his historical and political beliefs (cf: American Science Fiction and the Cold War: Literature and Film, 2013). In an autobiographical note from 1974, Anderson states: “over a period of decades, fact and logic drove me to the conclusion that Marxism is among the most grotesque frauds ever perpetrated upon mankind, and Communism the central monstrosity of our era” (Seed 48). The previous owner bought this copy at a meeting of the Klub liubitelei fantastiki [KLF, Club of Science-Fiction Fans], held during the Aelita science fiction festival in Ekaterinburg in 1989. This organization was a non-official fan club that became so popular during the early 1980s that the Soviet authorities increasingly began to restrict its members, fearing a loss of ideological oversight over its meetings and publishing activities. Among other things, regional chapters of the KLF were known for disseminating samizdat (fan zines as well as novels). This science-fiction subculture in post-war Soviet Russia, in all its cultural and political implications, still awaits further research. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Rossica Berlin Rare Books, IOBA]
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