Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9780943056401 Published August 2011

Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary

Soviet Children's Books and Graphic Art

Edited by Robert Bird

Edited by Robert Bird

Distributed for the University of Chicago Library

With a Preface by Alice Schreyer and Contributions by Robert Bird, Radoslav Borislavov, Kathryn Duda, Leah Goldman, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Michelle Maydanchik, Daniel Phillips, Katherine Reischl, Flora Roberts, Claire Roosien, and Andrey Shlyakhter

48 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 8 3/8 x 10 7/8
Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9780943056401 Published August 2011

Two of the most striking manifestations of Soviet image culture were the children’s book and the poster. Both of these forms testify to the alliance between experimental aesthetics and radical socialist ideology that held tenuously from the 1917 revolutions to the mid-1930s—and did so much to shape a distinctly Soviet civilization. The children’s books and posters in Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary plot the development of this new image culture alongside the formation of new social and cultural identities.

Described here and set in context by experts in the field, the University of Chicago Library’s collections of Soviet graphic art allow one to trace the complex relationship between Soviet ideology and aesthetic culture over a crucial period, from the beginning of Stalin’s Great Breakthrough in 1928 to the reconstruction and regrouping that followed World War II.
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