Soviet Kamchatka Another dispatch from the Soviet North, from the great Siberian peninsula. This issue is light on dynamic photomontage and heavy on the nature photography. Our regular designer, N. Troshin, is absent.Read more "USSR in Construction, No 6, 1933"
Far Eastern Territory This was the first USSR in Construction I came across, in the back room of a used book and magazine shop on what was then Vancouver’s skid row. It had no cover but was otherwise in pretty good shape. This issue was designed by El Lissitsky and Sophie Kuppers. This montage and […]Read more "USSR in Construction, No. 5-6, 1938"
N. Mikhailov – From Pole to Pole Nikolai Mikhailov was a prolific author of popular geography books in the Soviet Union, I have four or five different titles of his. This one is about a journey by boat from the Arctic to Antarctica. Published in 1960. Photographs by Mikhailov as well. And translated by Robert […]Read more "From Pole to Pole"
Otto Schmidt – Conquest of the Arctic A little book by one of the best loved Stalin-era celebrities. Academician Schmidt was a scientist and polar explorer, but mostly he was the ‘scientific’ star in Stalin’s firmament. Stood on the mausoleum with the rest of them, but miraculously survived until 1956. And never grew a moustache, […]Read more "Conquest of the Arctic"
E. Krenkel – Camping at the Pole Radio Operator from the famous Soviet polar visit of 1937. This is the second cover with a little shack with CCCP on the roof. I like the illustration.Read more "Camping at the Pole"
M. Gromov – Across the North Pole to America As he flew over my part of the world (Vancouver): “The Canadian tundra appeared. The sky cleared. Unknown land stretched beneath us: numberless lakes of varying size and shape, bogs, rivers, and scrub, gradually passing into forest. This monotonous landscape stretched as far as the Rocky […]Read more "Across the North Pole to America"
E. Fyodorov – Scientific Work of our Polar Expedition Another of the Arctic-themed books, also from the 1939 World’s Fair. This one written by Evgenii Fyodorov, 1938 Hero of the Soviet Union.Read more "Scientific Work of our Polar Expedition"
I. Papanin – Soviet Wintering Station on the Drifting Ice Here’s the start of a series of posts about the Soviet Arctic. The Big North means something similar to the Soviet/Russian mind and the Canadian [which I am]. The heyday of the Arctic adventure was in the 1930’s, during the Era of the Plan. Along […]Read more "Soviet Wintering Station on the Drifting Ice"
S.V. Slavin – The Soviet North To continue with the Soviet arctic theme, here’s a geographic survey from 1972. A Good enough dust jacket, but the cloth cover: wow. This book contains many folded maps bound into the pages, and many black and white photographs of strip mines and logging trucks. Inside cover signed by […]Read more "Soviet North"
Tikhon Syomushkin – Alitet goes to the Hills A long gap between posts, I have been unpacking my library and can now do this with the books in front of me, which is a much nicer process. This is a lovely novel translated for the Foreign Language Publishing House. A ‘Siberian’ novel about the indigenous […]Read more "Alitet goes to the Hills"