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Holý rok [The Naked Year].

Edice Symposion, 32 (series title). Prague: Symposion, 1928. Octavo (22 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers on red stock; 189, [3] pp. Very good.

First Czech translation of Pil'niak's novel "The Naked Year." "It was his novel The Naked Year, a flinchingly honest portrayal of life in post-Revolutionary Russia, that catapulted Pilnyak into notoriety. The Naked Year follows the provincial town of Ordinin through 1919, a year of war, illness, and tumultuous change. The village and its inhabitants--merchants, nobles, peasants, and communists alike--experience firsthand the impact of the violent revolutionary struggle of the Reds, Whites, Blacks, and Greens, until their world eventually dissolves into chaos. So lyrical and surreal that it has been called the "anti-novel," The Naked Year captures the emotional heart of a land trapped in the horrific gap year between frenzied Revolution and rigid Soviet control" (See Pilnyak, Naked Year, Overlook Press, 2013). Wrappers designed by Hana Dostálová. Printed on laid paper "Antik." Běhounek-Riess, p. 38. As of June 2020, KVK and OCLC only show two copies, at Vanderbilt and NYPL.

Book ID: P6799

Price: $125.00