(4103) Marovskii. Pseudonym of M. Fisher. “Malen’kaïa sin’ora”
Original typescript, 2nd copy. 559 pages. Hardbound binding in need of restoration. 21cm. Samizdat dated 1958-59. Printed in a single edition of 1915.
The samizdat represents the archetypical example of a russian pulp novel by its style, language and the narrative nature of the intrigue. The sentimental core of the story unfolds in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century set in the upper-class bourgeoisie.
The interest of such a samizdat lies in that it not only allows the reading of a text whose circulation was strictly forbidden for reasons that we can well imagine, but also that it is vital evidence of the continued existence in the Soviet public of a penchant for this type of literature after the Revolution. In addition, without this piece and with knowledge of the systematic destruction of this type of book we wouldn’t have any trace of these texts.
According to certain specialists Marovskii could have been the pseudonym of a teacher called Maks Fisher who, like many of his contemporaries, kept himself amused through the exercise of this sort of literature which apart from being popular with the public could bring excellent renumeration.