Venedikt Erofeev

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(2009) EROFEEV, Venedikt (1938-1990). “Moskva-Petuchki.”

132 pages, 18cm. hard covered. Postmodern semi-autobiographical prose poem written between 1969 and 1970.

This samizdat was included in the list of 66 samizdat in a note from the KGB dated 11 december 1972 from the head of the Glavlit (Romanov) in which he is asked to verify the text being diffused and to use all the power within his means to prevent its circulation. The first publication of the poem would be in 1973 in Israel then 1977 in Paris.
In the USSR this poem would only be published in its entirety during the Perestroika, in 1989. Erofeev’s comic work for which he is best known tells of of a man who repeatedly makes the same journey to visit his small daughter without ever managing to make it all the way. During these alcohol soaked journeys he recounts tall tales of his adventures and obsesses over his love life. A recognised high water comic mark of the Brezhnev era the poem is an outstanding piece of literary work.
On the jacket (kopiia rukopisi) indicates a direct copy from the original manuscript. Photocopied so from Erofeev’s original manuscript with penciled annotations. We know of no other example of this historic samizdat from Erofeev who is also listed in the Bibliographical Dictionary of Dissidents.

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