REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957.
Manuscript, "Listotryas. No. 5.", 15 pp, folio, Paris, December 10, 1952, with one pen-and-ink drawing affixed to p. 9. Original wrappers with a collage of the title and the artist's monogram in the lower right hand corner of green tissue paper with an ink drawing on back wrapper. Minor wear of wrappers.
AN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT FAIRY TALE BY THE FAMOUS RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE ARTIST. According to the colophon, this piece was taken from Volk-samoglot [The Wolf-Omnivore] in Posolon [Sunward] (1930). Remizov was a controversial figure within European literary circles: James Joyce liked his work, Vladimir Nabokov hated it. Shunned by the Russian émigré community and unable to publish many of his books while in exile because of his desire to return to the USSR, Remizov continued to work and produced a series of distinctive manuscripts such as Listotryas. The ornate calligraphy reflects the artist's fascination with medieval manuscripts, but the strange creature (Volk-samoglot) in the 1923 illustration from Berlin is reminiscent of James Ensor's bizarre work.