REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957. Meliuzina Bruntsvik. [Melusine. Brunszvik]. Paris: Opleshnik, 1952.

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REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957.
Meliuzina Bruntsvik. [Melusine. Brunszvik]. Paris: Opleshnik, 1952.

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,600 - 2,400
REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957.
Meliuzina Bruntsvik. [Melusine. Brunszvik]. Paris: Opleshnik, 1952.
8vo. Publisher's decorated green wrappers, leaves partially unopened, some soiling and wrappers, somewhat discolored.
Provenance: Evgenii Sergeevich Khokhlov.

PRESENTATION COPY, 200 copies of the first edition printed, this one WARMLY INSCRIBED in ink on the blank first page: "To Evgenii Sergeevich Khokhlov that's what Melusina is--the evening sadness of Russian separation. Thanks for the memory Aleksei Remizov July 11, 1952 Paris." Here Remizov refashions the legends of the Celtic water fairy Melusine and the Czech king Brunszvik. Melusine has been the source for many stories from De la Motte Fouqué "Undine" and Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" to A. S. Byatt's Possession. "A fairy tale and a dream are brother and sister," Remizov observed in his diary. "A fairy tale is a literary form, and a dream can be a literary form." He believed that myths and legends lay at the very center of human history and wrote some original fantasy tales. "The source of myths or what is called 'revelation' is a dream," he noted in this volume. "The memory will go out, the memories will be erased and the end of humanity will come: there is nothing more to live!" He wrote in another copy Melusine. Brunszvik: "This book is for winter reading or during the rain: the rhythm is louder in the rain." E. S. Kokhlov (1890-1971) writer, poet and critic who emigrated to France. He returned to the USSR after World War II.
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REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957. Meliuzina Bruntsvik. [Melusine. Brunszvik]. Paris: Opleshnik, 1952.
REMIZOV, ALEKSEI MIKHAILOVICH. 1877-1957. Meliuzina Bruntsvik. [Melusine. Brunszvik]. Paris: Opleshnik, 1952.
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