Leonid Gubanov

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(1109) Gubanov, Leonid (1946-1983). “Stikhotvoreniia” (“Poems”).

Original Typescript, 2nd copy. 138 pages in 6 stapled parts, wrapped in paper sleeves, blue ink annotations of Vladimir Aleinikov. 30,2cm. Samizdat dated 1983.

One of the founding members of SMOG along with Vladimir Aleinikov, Gubanov’s work was only known through samizdat and the eponymous journal. Gubanov, who passed away at the early age of 37, was quickly considered as one of the best poets of his generation during the 1960’s. Having published very little in his lifetime his work and reputation enjoyed great acclaim from the early 2000’s. It’s not uncommon to find critics today who are of the opinion that Gubanov is the greatest poet of the latter part of the twentieth century.
As a very close friend to Aleinikov Gubanov would often leave his writings with him and took them back one day under pretext of making corrections. In actual fact he destroyed the majority of the manuscripts and typed whatever he wished to preserve and adding two new poems. Aleinikov would only take possession of these sheets a few weeks before Gubanov’s death and it was only until recently that Aleinikov would undertake the work of separating these sheets into 6 separate collections for this samizdat.
The front titular pages and all the annotations in felt-tip pen are Aleinikov’s.

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