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First Edition of Tsvetaeva's Epic Cycle about the Civil War

Lebedinyi stan: stikhi 1917-1921 g.g. [The encampment of the swans: poems 1917-1921].

Munich, 1957. Octavo (20.8 × 14.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 62, [2] pp. A fine copy.

First appearance in print of Marina Tsvetaeva's epic poetic cycle about the October Revolution and the ensuing Russian Civil War, which the poet experienced first-hand in Moscow before emigrating in 1922. The poems were written before her emigration, while her husband, Sergei Efron, was fighting against the Bolsheviks in the Volunteer Army. According to the preface by Gleb Struve, Tsvetaeva herself had planned to publish these texts as one book in 1928, but was unable to do so. In 1939, she handed the manuscript over to a professor at Basel University, who made them available to Struve after the war. Scarce in the trade.

Book ID: 50599

Price: $1,250.00