Vladimir Lakshin

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(3094) Lakshin, Vladimir (1933-1993). “Zolotaia osen’movizma” (“Golden Autumn”)/ “Podrazhanie masteru”/ (“Imitation of the Master”). Koktebel’, 3 July 1978.

Seven page samizdat of which three (Copy 1) held by the original paperclip. 30cm.

A parody of “Almaznyi moi venets” which Valentin Kataev managed to get into N°6 of the review “Novyi Mir” in 1978. Literary critic, novelist and autobiographer Lakshin was also a Doctor of Philology and academic. He wrote about a dozen books, more than 300 articles tackling a wide range of issues and was a writer to several well-received television programs on classic Russian writers.
In the 1960’s as the Deputy to the editor-in-chief of “Noyi Mir” who was, in turn, a close comrade-in-arms to A. Tvardovskii, Lakshin praised Solzhenitsyn’s “Odin den’ Ivana Denisovicha” and his story “Matrenin dvor”.
In 1977, after the publication of the book “Bodalsia telionok s dubom” Lakshin published his options on the relationship between Solzhenitsyn and “Novyi Mir” in the London published Almanach of Samizdat “XX vet”. Lakshin considered that the accusations levelled by Solzhenitsyn at “Novyi Mir” were unjust. According to him Tvardovskii’s loyalty to the Soviet régime was not motivated by cowardice but rather sincere conviction. Lakshin would also publish studies on the works of Bulgakov, Ostrovskii and Chekhov. This text appeared for the first time in the samizdat review “Summa” edition by the mathematician S. Maslov, a dactylographic review distributed in very few examples between 1979 and 1982.
An anthology of this review would appear in 2002 in St. Petersburg under the title “Summa – za svobodnuiu mysl” and reproduced certain texts of the dissident intelligentsia of the ex-USSR.
Our samizdat is doubled by the inclusion of a four page 2nd copy alongside the three page 1st copy. These two copies were typed on two different machines but come directly with Lakshin’s own provenance who gave them with a year’s interval between them. Copy 2 was typed in 1978 and offered to the owner before the publication in “Summa”. Copy 1 was given in 1979 after “Summa”.

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