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Lithuanian Avant-Garde

Karo stovis (dušioj) [State of war (of the soul)].

Kaunas: self-published (Spausdino kooperatinė “Raidės” spaustuvė), 1928. Octavo (18.7 × 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Algirdas Jakševičius; 80 pp. Very good.

First publication by Graičiūnas (1903-1994), a Lithuanian poet, publisher and translator. Born into a military family in Tbilisi, Georgia Graičiūnas returned to Lithuania in his early years and went to school in Panevėžys, where he was part of the young "Meno kuopa" art collective. He later studied Russian and Lithuanian literature in Kaunas. He published his poems starting in 1924 in various Lithuanian periodicals and worked as a teacher, editor, publisher, and translator (including Russian literature). Much of his work perished during the years of war and exile (from 1949 to 1957 he was deported to Siberia by Soviet authorities). The poems in this collection, which comprises four lyric cycles, are clearly indebted to the futurist aesthetic, celebrating youth and strength, but also the city in all of its modern manifestations, including cars, radios, jazz-bands and the cabaret. Little information exists about the designer, Algirdas Jakševičius (1908-1941), though he is primarily known as an actor and theatre director who studied in Moscow in the 1930s. In 1926-1929 he studied art in Kaunas, and created this two-color wrapper illustration which combines urban and anthropomorphic elements. The title page features an attractive typographic construction. Rare, with KVK and OCLC only showing the copy at the Munich State Library.

Book ID: 50343

Price: $850.00