Title: Dvadt's'at let moei zhizni; zapiski ...
Publisher: Ogiz / Molodaya gvardiya, [Moskva]
Publication Date: 1931
Book Condition: Fair
Original illustrated wraps; pp. . Spine perished, covers detached, and binding broken (with gathering loose, but complete). Cheap paper browned, and lightly rubbed along the edges. With the Bibliotheque de la Librairie-Papeterie "UNION" library stamp of Nice and a fine large numbered bookplate. A fragile volume, with an interesting provenance: The master copy from which Alex Flegon produced the Flegon press 1965 reprint (now very hard to find). 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 # R5572
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