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Avant-Garde – Russian Futurist Poetry

Eolova arfa: stikhi i proza, kniga pervaia [The Aeolian harp: poems and prose, book one].

Petrograd: Izdanie individual'noe (self-published), 1917. Octavo (25.4 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 91, [5] pp. Light fraying to spine extremities; Soviet bookstore stamp inside rear wrapper; else about very good.

First book of poems by the author (with the added specification "book one", but all published), which is more conservative in design and content than Tufanov's later publications, but already gestures towards lyrical experimentation on the level of both format and subject matter. In the book's preface, "Tufanov uses the figure of an actor on stage to represent the self-alienation that his generation feels, especially when faced with the horrors of the First World War" (Geoff Cebula, :"Aleksandr Tufanov’s Ushkuiniki, Historicist Zaum’, and the Creation of OBERIU", SEEJ, 2014).

Tufanov (1877–1943) is a still largely neglected Russian futurist writer and theoretician, who owes much to Velimir Khlebnikov's theoretical and poetic attempts to create a transrational poetic language based on abstract sounds rather than established semantic sense. He is perhaps best known for his "Ushkuiniki", an epic poem that strives to create a "historicist" zaum that harkens back to old Russian roots and themes. His "K zaumi"(1924) also contained a manifesto outlining the zaum worldview, the foundations of transrational (zaum) creativity, and a "declaration" signed by Tufanov, who usurped, with a small modification, the title which Khlebnikov gave himself: Charman of the Terrestrial Globe of Zaum. Tufanov was also close to Daniil Kharms and Aleksandr Vvedenskii, two main figures of the 1920s avant-garde association OBERIU.

Getty 792.

As of February 2023, KVK, OCLC show four holdings in North America.

Book ID: 52653

Price: $950.00