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"Farewell, oh empire of garbage!"

Stikhi [Poems]. Samizdat edition.

[Moscow]: self-published, [1990]. Octavo (21 × 14.5 cm). Original side-stapled pamphlet; pictorial wrapper reproducing a drawing by F. Zverev; [16] pp. of text to rectos and versos; the rear wrapper reproduces a drawing of the author; xeroxed photo-reduced offset-printed text and typescript. Private bookplate tipped in between first two leaves. Very good.

Apparently unrecorded perestroika-era samizdat, by a relatively unknown poet of the Moscow region. The front wrapper consists of a drawing by one F. Zverev dated 1989, a satirical collage of Soviet leaders such as Lenin, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev. Written throughout the 1980s, but primarily during the period of Perestroika, these poems direct their often venomous attention at such varied subjects as Lenin, Gorbachev and his wife, the KGB, and the "virus of communism." Despite certain poetic imperfections, they are a fascinating document of a mind frantically preoccupied with Perestroika's effect on the country, and with extreme antipathy toward the Soviet leadership. One of the poems begins with the lines: "Farewell, oh empire of garbage!" A rich source for future students of late Soviet underground wit. Not in KVK, OCLC (which show a volume of poems published in 1993). Not held by the Russian State or National Library.

Book ID: P6053

Price: $450.00