Boris Pilniak

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(5146) Pilniak, Boris (1894-1938). “Tret’ia stolitsa” Povest’.

Original reprographic copy on an ERA machine. 94 pages. 25cm x18,5cm. Hardbound cloth covered boards in dark blue illustrated cloth with textile bookmark.  The pagination pages 201-295 and is printed to recto only. Samizdat dated 1970.

Oclc records only a single example of the original edition of this novella at the University of Washington Oclc: 16998763.
Blium specifically points out that Pilniak’s entire body of work were prohibited from publication, the writer himself had been shot as an enemy of the people. As a result it was exceedingly dangerous during the 1980’s to possess or to be in any involved with the distribution of any Pilniak samizdat.
Our samizdat is one of very few to bear Pilniak’s name. We do know from its previous owner that it was an employee of the Library of Novosibirsk who made the copy with a solely commercial aim in 1978. The original collector was also the one who produced the existing binding.

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