International Literature 1

Moscow: The State Publishing House and IURW (International Union of Revolutionary Writers), 1932.

Price: $400.00

Softcover. Number 1. Wrappers designed by Aleksander Rodchenko (here "Rodtchenko") Small quarto. 130, [2] pp. Text in English, translated from several languages. Illustrated in black and white from drawings and photographs, and with a two-page color plate reproducing two dust jackets of Upton Sinclair's German editions designed by John Heartfield. With the ownership signature of a noted American psychologist on the title page, as well as another owner's bookplate ("Bailey"), obscuring what appears to be only a single line of text. Wrappers toned, worn, and soiled, and neatly reattached at the spine, spine curled with a bit of loss, three leaves lightly soiled at the bottom edge, a good copy. Page two carries an interesting document titled "Reconstruction of Literary and Artistic Organizations," adopted by the Central Committee of the Communist Party in April, 1932. The magazine contains, among other things, a poem by the Hungarian poet Antal Hidas ("And I'll be Home Within the Year"); a lengthy excerpt from Giovanni Germanetto's *The Autobiography of an Italian Barber*; pieces by Charles Ashleigh and German ex-patriate Johannes R. Becher; and critical essays on the of English novelist and coal miner Harold Heslop and artist John Heartfield (here "Hartfield"). The two-page color plate illustrates Heartfield's designs for the German editions of Sinclair's *The Millennium* and *Love's Pilgrimage*. (N.B. we must note that the second color plate is captioned [sic]: "The bover of Upton Sinklairs "Loves Filgrimage.") Also included are notes on the state of the international revolution, and a couple of book reviews. Several pieces of political art of reproduced; one by Mitchei Sonorin, titled "Southern Holiday," appears to illustrate the lynching of a Black man. The editor, Bruno Jasie?ski, was a noted Polish novelist, playwright, and founder of the Polish Futurist movement.

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Item #462281 International Literature 1. Bruno JASIENSKI.