Soviet Turkmenistan

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, […]

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Views of the USSR

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 […]

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Vladimir Obruchev – Plutonia Another early Soviet science fiction classic by Obruchev.  And another hidden-world story located somewhere in the ‘north’, where Russians could hide anything.  The book focuses mostly on dinosaurs and other ancient species.  This is also an undated Foreign Language Publishing House effort.  Great cover: The book is designed by D. Bisti, […]

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Volokolamsk Highway

Alexander Bek – Volokolamsk Highway Now here’s a beautiful book.  Originally written in 1944, the story of the the defense of Moscow.  Re-issued in the late 40s or early ‘fifities by the Foreign Language Publishing House.  Designed by A. Livanov.   There aren’t many illustrations within the book, but the two there are are fantastic:

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Sannikov Land

Vladimir Obruchev – Sannikov Land Classic Soviet sci-fi, written in 1926.  This edition, undated, is likely from the late 40s or ‘fifties.  Published by the Foreign Language Publishing House.  Great cover and jacket: Sannikov Land is not an invention of the author, a geologist, but a ‘real’ mythical island believed to be somewhere in the […]

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New Gorky

I just got this addition to the designy, 1980s edition of Gorky’s works.  Volume 7, My Apprenticeship, My Universities.  Progress Publishers, 1981.  This book is part of this series.

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Collected Gorky 2

Collected Gorky, Incomplete, Progress Publishers This collection, published from 1978 to 1982, is essentially a redesigned version of the Foreign Language Publishing House edition.  Expertly redesigned, I think, by Igor Kravtsov. This series consists of: Selected Stories Foma Gordeyev Mother Plays The Life of Matvei Kozhemyakin Tales of Italy. Childhood My Apprenticeship. My Universities The […]

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USSR in Construction, No 6, 1934

Dedicated to Soviet Science This is a groovy one.  And excitingly designed by El Lissitsky! The inside cover features this list of German scientists repressed by the Nazi state.  Soviet culture from this period seems in retrospect, and for the most part, crass and cynical.  Particularly so when we look at the Stalin cult.  But […]

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USSR in Construction, No 5, 1933

Devoted to New Plants and Crops An overview of the divers types of food brought to the USSR from around the world for use in Soviet agriculture.  A very progressive and worthwhile project. If you look closely at this next page you’ll notice that it is two-tones, black and green.  Exceptional for this magazine. These […]

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