Aleksandr Ivanovich Kuprin, kritiko-biograficheskii ocherk [Kuprin, A Critical and Biographical Essay]
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Original wraps; pp. . Covers sunned; faint foxing along edges of text block, never infringing upon text. A very nice copy. Signed by Alec Flegon in pencil on the FFEP. 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 # R5633
Title: Aleksandr Ivanovich Kuprin, ...
Publisher: Khudozhestvennaya literatura, Moscow
Publication Date: 1960
Book Condition: Very Good+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
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