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Lithuanian Avant-Garde

Gatvės švinta: lyrika [Street lights: poems].

Kaunas: Žalia Vėtra, 1927. Octavo (17 × 12.3 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Jonas J. Burbos; 47, [1] pp. About very good; light toning to wrappers; small nick to base of spine.

Second volume of poems by Venclova (1906–1971), the Lithuanian and Soviet poet, writer, and politician. Venclova was the founder and editor of the most important Lithuanian avant-garde journal of the interwar period, Trečias Frontas (1928-1930), which had a powerful impact on the stagnant cultural scene of the conservative and authoritarian regime of Antanas Smetona. It propagated a literary style which it called “neorealism” – a synthesis of Soviet realism, German Expressionism and Italian Futurism. The present work is likewise marked by keen awareness of international tendencies, especially expressionism and futurism – with numerous references to modern technology, such as electricity, streetcars, and the radio. In later years, Venclova spent time in Moscow and became a prominent communist leader. During the German occupation he retreated to the Soviet Union, but once again held numerous important positions after WWII. From 1954 to 1959 Venclova was the head of the Lithuanian Writers' Union. Illustrated with an understated design by Jonas Juozas Burba (who also drew the publisher's mark), a graduate of the Kaunas School of Art, who also studied in Dresden and Zurich.

As of May 2022, KVK and OCLC only trace one microfilm holding.

Book ID: 52078

Price: $450.00