Babii Iar: Roman-dokument [Babi Yar]

Kuznetsov, Anatolii [Anatoly] Vasilievich (1929-1979)

Published by Posev, 1970
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Wraps. Inscribed by the author to Alex Flegon in London, 1974. Covers lightly rubbed; a little scuffing at corners and front joint. First published in censored form in "Yunost," in Russia, 1966. This early printing of the Posev edition of Kuznetsov's documentary novel is its first -- and, importantly, first uncensored -- publication in the West, published under the pseudonym A. Anatolii. It includes then-unknown material about the executions of 33,771 Jews in the course of two days, September 29-30, 1941, in the Kiev ravine Babi Yar. The uncensored novel is scathingly critical of the Soviet regime. Alec Flegon (1924-2003), an emigre from Romania, became a controversial London-based publisher of samizdat literature and Soviet trade directories during the Cold War. He was the first to publish Bulgakov's "Heart of a Dog" and Solzhenitsyn's "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," and he later published four Russian-language versions of Pasternak's "Dr. Zhivago," including one under a Moscow imprint, lest Russian buyers be accused of importing anti-Soviet literature. His remarkable success at repeatedly getting manuscripts out of the Soviet Union led to the widespread view that he must have had contacts in the KGB, and he used this reputation to his advantage, garnering free publicity for his publications. He was accused of copyright infringement and/or piracy on more than one occasion (the most famous example being his feuds with Solzhenitsyn, and Svetlana Stalin). Nonetheless, his perseverance made him an important figure in the publishing history of Russian literature in the West -- he was the first independent Russian-language publisher in the West and remained so for decades. (His rivals were largely subsidized by various political organizations, notably the CIA.). Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Babii Iar: Roman-dokument [Babi Yar]
Publisher: Posev
Publication Date: 1970
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good+

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