Vladimir Narbut

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(6029) Narbut, Vladimir (1888-1938). “Sovetskaïa Zemlia”. Poems.

Copy of a typescript. 21cm. 31 pages. Hardbound binding with label pasted to front board.

A member of the Bolshevik party during the 1917 revolution, publisher and editor as well as poet Narbut led an eventful life. Born in Ukraine to a family with noble lineage he was educated in St. Petersburg, had his left hand amputated as the result of an injury sustained in a home invasion during the Revolution, was arrested by the White Army in Rostov-On-Don during the Civil War, travelled on a five month trip to Ethiopa and Somalia to escape a trial for a controversial book, founded the publishing house “Zemlia i Fabrika” and was not only respected by the major poets of the time but on quite friendly terms with them. Even though he ceased to publish from 1921, preferring to dedicate his time to the Party full-time, his writings maintained a popularity and after being expelled from the party in 1928 and divested of his positions returned to poetry in 1933. In 1936 he was arrested and sentenced to five years imprisonment but, in a turn of events which became common for the time, ran foul of the bloody purges of 1938. There are alternating versions surrounding his death, either he was shot or a barge filled with disabled prisoners was sank in the Nagaev Bay.
This samizdat is the copy of a typescript produced in Novosibirsk in 1970, itself copied from the original edition published in Kharkov in 1921. The entirety of Narbut’s works were prohibited from publication and circulation from 1951 until the loosening of censorship in 1988.

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