I was recently featured in a Russian language online magazine in a feature about foreigners inspired by Russia and the Soviet Union. Fun. Here’s a link.Read more "the-village.ru"
Not much has happened here this last year, I’m sorry to report. The collection is getting packed up and moved to a new home. Come the new year and the unboxing of the books there will be more content. Sit tight and be patient, this site will live again soon.Read more "This poor, silent, neglected blog"
Located for ages on Commercial Drive in Vancouver , the People’s Co-op Bookstore has played an important part in my collection. A left wing book store associated with Canadian CP, it was the outlet for the Soviet presses in Vancouver. After the folding of Progress, Aurora and the other Soviet presses in 1991 the store […]Read more "People’s Co-op Bookstore"
Gennadi Chernenko – Outer Space or Bust A children’s book with a lot of text and many, many fine illustrations. No date on the book, but it has an ISBN (5050017122) so it is likely from the 1980’s. Some nice illustrations of Gagarin and Korolev, as well as many fanciful visions of the future of […]Read more "Outer Space or Bust"
I don’t usually post my Russian books on this blog, I’ve tried to limit it to my English collection, but here we go: From 1952, from Prishchepromisdat Publishers, The Book of Tasty and Healthy Meals, or at least that’s how I translated the title. Perhaps a reader will correct my translation. By professor O. P. […]Read more "The Book of Tasty and Healthy Meals"
Leninabad is 2500 From 1986, Irfon press published album celebrating Leninabad, the once and future city of Khujand, Tajikistan. This book is filled with photos emphasizing the modern look of this ancient city, highlighting the 1970s style of ‘national’ socialist realist architecture. Of course there are the requisite statuary and happy people with medals, but the […]Read more "Leninabad is 2500"
P. Kosyrev – Soviet Turkmenistan A 1956 medium-size celebration of the great Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic, now a slightly terrifying petro-tyranny that could teach Stalin himself how to run a cult of personality. But back in the good old days a land of tankers and buses. Lovely dustjacket, embossed cover and ethnically-appropriate designs throughout, […]Read more "Soviet Turkmenistan"
Views of the USSR A photo album of natural wonders from across the Soviet Union. Published by the Foreign Language Publishing House, not dated, but it looks to be from the late ’50s or ’60s. The photos are organized by region, each region starting with a beautiful black ink illustration, on a coloured paper, something I’ve […]Read more "Views of the USSR"
Y. Perelman – Physics for Entertainment, Book 1 A very attractive children’s popular science book from the Foreign Language Publishing House, designed by L. Lamm. Full of great line drawing illustrations. I’m sure this book will bring back fond memories for some readers, some who even wore the pioneer’s kerchief.Read more "Physics for Entertainment"