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Tartu: Odamehe Kirjastus (Odamees), 1921. Small octavo (14.5 × 11.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Ado Vabbe; [6], 94 pp. With a frontis illustration by Rudolf Paris and Ado Vabbe's publisher's signet to colophon. A fine copy.

A collection of expressionist verse by August Alle, a member of the bohemian and somewhat rebellious "Siuru" group established in 1917. Centered around Marie Under, its members emphasized sensual experience and joyous optimism and issued an eponymous almanach in three volumes. The group was quite visible, meeting not only in Under's salon, but also in Tallinn's coffee houses, and Alle in particular was known for his rebellious appearances, both publically and in print, and sometimes considered the "enfant terrible" of Estonian literature (Hasselblatt 445). His sharp tongue and sarcastic attacks were widely feared; both are in evidence in the present book of verse, which combine expressionist coarseness with social and political satire. They are a key example of what is known as "time poetry" in Estonian literature: verse that dwells on the recent revolutionary and military upheavals and the transformations of the urban landscape. Alle also wrote sarcastic epigrams throughout the 1910-40s, some of which are included here. Wrappers by Ado Vabbe (1892–1961), one of the most significant Estonian painters and graphic designers, who helped introduce modernist tendencies into Estonian art and was one of the founders of the important "Pallas" art school, which trained a new generation of Estonian artists in the 1920s. Before returning to Tartu, Vabbe had studied in Munich, where he came in contact with members of the Blaue Reiter Group, such as Wassily Kandinsky, visited important Western art collections, and met representatives of both Italian and Russian Futurism. KVK, OCLC show only the copies at Helsinki and Warsaw University Libraries.

Book ID: P5318

Price: $450.00