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"
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"
Novosti Press Agency 1982 Just picked this up in Saskatoon Saskatchewan at White Cat Books.Read more "Soviet Experience in Building a Federal State"
V. Yesakov, A. Nenarokov – From Literacy Classes to Higher Education E. Bagramov – One Hundred Nationalities- One People Last time, I promise. At least for a little while. Two more from this series, the others are here, here and here. From 1982, this series was published jointly by Progress Publishers and the Novosti Press […]Read more "The True Story of the Russian Revolution and the Building of Socialism – Sorry, sorry, sorry."
V. Avduyevsky, A. Rudev – The Earth Imperilled A pamphlet published in 1986 by the Novosti Press Agency. About the American militarization of space and the ‘Strategic Defence Initiative’ (an inane and anodyne name for Reagan’s star wars programme). I imagine some of the death metal albums I was listening to in ’86 got smuggled […]Read more "Books from the 80s – The Earth Imperilled"
A. Rundberg – Memoirs of a Russian Worker This book looks remarkably looks remarkably like the Ostrogorsky book that appeared ealier on this blog. This one is from 1984, from the folks at Novosti. The memoirs of a Russian Textile worker, Vladimir Arbatsky, as retold by Swedish worker Arving Rundberg, Another good 1980s cover.Read more "Books from the 80s – Memoirs of a Russian Worker"