Berlin: Knigoizdatel'stvo Pisatelei v Berline, 1923. Octavo. Original illustrated wrappers; 127 pp. A very good copy, with only the lightest dust-soiling to wrappers; pages lightly toned.
Kliuchnikov (1886-1938) was a Russian professor of law who played an active role in anti-bolshevik resistance after the October Revolution and later served as Kolchak's Minister of Foreign Affairs. However, shortly after emigrating to Paris, he became disillusioned with the White Emigration and initiated the Smena vekh (Change of Landmarks) movement in 1921, which urged acceptance of and compromise with the Soviet regime to preserve the unity of the Russian people and restore the country to its former strength. In late 1921, Kliuchnikov relocated to Berlin, where the present work, an exposition of the Smena vekh's ideas in the form of theatric dialogues, was published by this newly-founded publishing house. Its appearance caused a scandal in emigre circles in Paris and Berlin, further dividing this already factionary world of activists and public intellectuals. Along with other members of the Smena vekh group, Kliuchnikov returned to Moscow in August 1923. In 1938, he was arrested and perished in a Soviet labor camp. Attractive illustrated wrappers by Nikolai Zaretskii, an emigre artist active in Berlin throughout the 1920s. Inserted is a folded publisher's prospectus announcing recent and upcoming titles, dated March 1923. Scarce in the trade.
Book ID: P002594