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Ukrainian Modernism

Zolotyi homin: poezii (zbirka zbirok) [The golden harmony: poems. A collection of collections]. Novitnia biblioteka [The latest books], vol. 42. (series title).

L'viv-Kyiv: Vyd. spilky "Novi shliakhy", 1922. Oblong octavo (18.5 × 21.8 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Pavlo Kovzhun; 103 pp. Light wear and chipping to wrappers; internally very good, uncut and unopened.

A scarce volume gathering several collections of poems by leading Ukrainian modernist poet, writer, and translator Pavlo Tychyna (1891–1967), whose began as a strikingly original symbolist poet, but later embraced the Soviet regime and hewed to its socialist realist norms. Readers continue to be divided in their assessment of his oeuvre; among other things, he is known for having written the words to the anthem of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

The present book, which gathers his avant-gardistic early verse, was published by "Novi shliakhy" (New paths), an important print organ for modernist writing and social thought in Western Ukraine, which was edited by Anton Krushel'nytsky and published 1929–1932. "Novi shliakhy included on its governing board figures who represented mainstream Galicia, such as Kost Levytsky, Ilarion Svientsitsky, and Mykhailo Rudnytsky. It published the expressionist poet Antin Pavliuk, the surrealist verse of Vasyl Khmeliuk ... and Hordynsky's stunning book dovers, which were influenced by expressionist graphic design. Novi shliakhy was linked to the left-leaning Western Ukrainian Artistic Union (ZUMO)" (Myroslav Shkandrij, Ukrainian Nationalism, Yale University Press, 2015, p. 140). Wrappers designed by Pavlo Kovzhun, a leading West Ukrainian avant-garde graphic artist and illustrator, was also one of the organizers of the Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists in Lviv, which published numerous monographs and exhibition catalogs in the early 1930s.

As of July 2022, KVK, OCLC show five copies, all in North America.

Book ID: 52229

Price: $750.00