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Post-Soviet Alternative Literature

Puteshestvie. Proza, lirika, illiustratsii [The Journey. Prose, poetry, illustrations].

St. Petersburg: [self-published?], 1993. Octavo (20 × 14.5 cm). Original illustrated staple-stitched wrappers; 188, [2] pp. Illustrations throughout. Light soil to wrappers; corners of front wrapper chipped. A good copy.

Assembled in the tradition of “unofficial” Soviet literature, this self-published collection of short prose, poetry, and drawings reflects the transitional moment of the early 1990s, immediately after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The introductory remarks set this tone: “The present book is a document of the expansive drive of the protagonist who is unable to reach or is disappointed by his attempts at finding inner freedom in his actual surroundings. The illustrations not only comment on or complete the text, but are arranged in a dynamic order and are conceived of by the author as a kind of psychedelic comic with multiple possible interpretations.” Nothing is known about the author, with the name on the publication possibly a pseudonym. As of June 2020, KVK and OCLC show nine copies in North America.

Book ID: 50855

Price: $125.00