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Liubov' vtoraia: parizhskaia povest' [The second love: a Parisian tale].

[Paris]: Izdatel'skaia kollegiia, Parizhskoe Ob"edinenie Pisatelei, 1935. Octavo (20 × 14 cm). Original printed wrappers; 128, [3] pp. Wrappers worn, with loss and old tape repair to spine extremities; small owner signature to title; else good.

First edition of the third novel by Vasilii Ianovskii (Vasily Yanovsky), a notable writer of the first wave of the Russian emigration who lived in Paris and belonged to the "younger generation," a group of Russian writers that came of age during the Civil War and the ensuing exile. Yanovsky's first novel, Koleso (The Wheel), focused on the homeless children of the Russian Civil War and first years after the Revolution. His second novel, Mir (Peace), was seen as a cynical study of the petty and decadent lives of the Russian emigration and Yanovsky was widely condemned by contemporary critics after its publication; his later works increasingly explored mystical and theosophical themes, as one of these inscriptions suggests. In 1942, Yanovsky arrived in the United States, where he continued to collaborate with emigre journals such as Opyty (Experiments), and later began to publish English translations of his works. In 1983 he published the stylized memoirs "Polia Elizeiskie" (Elysian Fields), which would become his most widely-read book, valued by many as an unusually profound analysis of Russian emigre life and culture. Not in Savine.

Book ID: P6676

Price: $150.00