Vladimir Vysotskii

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(2152) Vysotskii Vladimir (1938-1980). “Roman o Devochkakh”.

Original typescript, 2nd copy. 27 pages. Red boards. 31cm. 1978.

One of rare prose texts by Vysotskii written in 1977 near the end of life, unfinished and given a title after his death. According to Marina Vlady, his wife, his intention in his last years was to devote himself to prose.
It can be said that ‘Roman o Devochkakh’ is the start of a larger autobiographical narrative as Vysotskii chose the young Tamara as a narrator. In addition to the childhood memories and and a dramatic love story the atmosphere of the 1970’s, a generation lost in a period of stagnation is immediately recognisable. Vysotskii’s style is simple and accessible and full of his characteristic humour and irony. The novel would appear for the first time in the journal “Ne vyshel iz boia” in 1988.
Our samizdat is the only example of this samizdat we have ever heard of. Mark Barbakadze does not mention its existence in his anthology and it has proved impossible to find another copy in any other collection.
Given to the last owner by a close friend to Vysotskii in 1978 and rebound.

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(1150) Vysotskii, Vladimir (1938-1980). 341 poèmes de Vysotskii.

Original EVM computer printout. 253 pages + vi. 41,5cm x 30cm. Samizdat dated 1983.

“Pamiati V.Vysotskogo” (“In memory of Vysotskii”).

+ Poems by:

Evgenii Evtushenko (1932- ) poet
Valentin Gaft (1935- ) actor
Vladimir Soloükhin (1924-1997) poet and author
L.S.B. (unknown author)
S. Roman’kov
Andrei Voznesenskii (1933-2010) – poet
Nikita Vysotskii (Son to the poet)
Iurii Verzilov
Marina Zis
Marina Vlady (Widow of the poet)
V. Abdulov
Lebedev.

This samizdat is rather singular in that it is uncut and unbound but folded throughout in the same way it came out of the printer. Printed with a perforated ribbon on an EVM computer it measures over 40 metres long unfolded.
It’s important to remember that Vysotskii had only the one poem published in his lifetime and equally important to remember that during the “Andropov era” access to computers and any machine of reproduction was strictly surveilled to tackle samizdat production. Several ukazs from the Soviet authorities were quite explicit on the question of access to, and use of, these machines.

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