Tbilisi: 1923. Octavo (17 × 12.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 32 pp. A very good copy; light rust to staple and old bookstore stamp to rear wrapper.
First translation into Georgian of Alexander Blok’s famous 1918 long poem “The Twelve,” a poetic response to the October Revolution. The item also includes a collection of other poems by Blok (1880-1921), a symbolist poet considered one of the greatest poets of the Russian Silver Age. The timely translation was published only a year after Georgia became an official member of the Soviet Union in 1922. The translator, Valerian Gaprindashvili (1890-1941), was one of the founding members of the “Blue Horns”, a group of Georgian Symbolist poets active 1915-1925. Gaprindashvili studied in Moscow and wrote verse in Russian as well as Georgian, translating the work of the 19th century Romantic poet Nikoloz Baratashvili into Russian and the work of the Symbolist Alexander Blok into Georgian. Not in KVK, OCLC.
Book ID: 50303