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Soviet Samizdat - Poets of the Military Industrial Complex

Stikhi [Poems].

[Moscow]: self-published, [ca. 1962–1969?]. Octavo ( × cm). Original side-stapled hand-inscribed wrappers; [?] pp. of typescript with occasional handwritten corrections to margins. Very good.

An early samizdat collection of poems by the poet, novelist, and essayist Vadim Fadin (b. 1936). Born in Moscow, Fadin graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1959, and for the next 15 years worked as a rocket tester at one of the classified Soviet scientific institutes known only by the secret number of their mail box (a.k.a. “mail boxes”) which were part of the Soviet Military Industrial complex. Fadin’s first poems appeared in print in 1963, however he had difficulties with subsequent official publications with his first collection of poetry “Puti derev’ev” [The Ways of Trees], published only in 1985. As employees of a classified scientific institute, Fadin and his colleagues had privileged access to print and reproduction technology, which was otherwise strictly controlled in the Soviet Union, with many of the samizdat publications printed and disseminated in scientific centers among the “technical intelligentsia”. This item apparently comes from Korolev, a city in the Moscow region that was known as the “cradle of Soviet Space exploration”. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, in 1996 Fadin immigrated to Germany, settling in Berlin where he continued to publish poetry, essays, and two novels.

Book ID: 50989

Price: $250.00