REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957. Krestovyya sestry. [Sisters of the Cross]. Moscow, Petrograd, Berlin: Z. I. Grschebin, 1923.

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REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957.
Krestovyya sestry. [Sisters of the Cross]. Moscow, Petrograd, Berlin: Z. I. Grschebin, 1923.

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,600 - 2,400
REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957.
Krestovyya sestry. [Sisters of the Cross]. Moscow, Petrograd, Berlin: Z. I. Grschebin, 1923.
8vo. Original decorated tan wrappers designed by Nikolai V. Zaretskii. Some soiling and other wear; spine reinforced and title page repaired.
Provenance: Olga Nikolaevna Emelyanova.


PRESENTATION COPY, warmly inscribed in ink with a sketch on the title page: "To Olga Nikolaevna Emelyanova, translator from Spanish but the portrait did not come out well. Alex Remizov. Nov 15, 1948." This semi-autobiographical experimental novel was written in 1910 when Remizov lived in the elegant "Sisters of the Cross" building at 9 Cossack Lane in St. Petersburg. He had been accused of plagiarism the year before and this book was his response to the attack on his integrity. It introduces several parallel and intersecting stories about those with a "raped soul." A young man loses his job when he is accused of embezzlement. He meets several women &mdash "sisters of the cross" &mdash whose sufferings make him question the very meaning of the universe. I. F. Annensky, N. S. Gumilev, V. Khlebnikov, F. Sologub and other contemporaries are easily identified in this thinly disguised roman à clef. Krestovyya sestry has been called "the central work of the pre-revolutionary period of Remizov's work" and the first book to bring the author fame. But Remizov vowed in 1923 to never again write under such tension or "chagrin against the world.... It is a very sick memory." N. Zaretskii (1876-1959) was a Russian graphic artist and illustrator. O. N. Emilyanova (born Mozhaiskaya, 1896-1973) was a poet, literary critic and translator who rendered Lorca's Spanish poetry into Russian.
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REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957. Krestovyya sestry. [Sisters of the Cross]. Moscow, Petrograd, Berlin: Z. I. Grschebin, 1923.
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