Polish Samizdat Comics Adaptation of 'Animal Farm'

Folwark zwierzęcy: opracowali i narysowali Maciek Bialy, Karol Blue [Animal farm: adapted and illustrated by Maciek Bialy and Karol Blue].

[Warsaw]: Rekontra, [1985]. Small quarto (27 × 21 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers with a large drawing, printed in green and black; 44 pp. Offset-reproduced drawn comics to rectos and versos. One page supplied by the artist, Maciek Bialy in original ink. Text detached from lower staple; else about very good.

First edition of this samizdat comic book edition, in Polish, of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, published by a small underground publishing house in Warsaw. Maciek Bialy and Karol Blue were the pseudonyms of Robert Śnieciński (Maciej) and Fernando Molina. Orwell’s political satire of the Soviet establishment was naturally banned in all Soviet bloc nations, but was tremendously popular with the Polish independent semi-clandestine publishing houses, which flourished in Poland starting in the mid-1970s. This copy is unique: due to a printing error, page eight remained blank. The artist recently reproduced the original illustrations and text by hand, in black ink (signed below). One of 1000 copies printed. Polish underground publications are scarce outside of Poland.

As of January 2020, KVK and OCLC show four copies in North America.

Book ID: 50506