Leningrad: Издательство Писателей в Ленинграде (Izdat. Pisatelej), 1929. First edition. Softcover. Square 12mo. 93pp. . Illustrated grey stiff paper wrappers, with blue and black lettering on the front cover. A first edition of this masterpiece work of avant-garde Russian poetry from Mikhail Kuzmin (1872-1936). The eleventh and final book of poetry from Kuzmin, divided into six parts, it has been seen as marking a new direction in the poet's work and a departure from Russian literary tradition. Based on the principles of free association and dream logic, the style of this work has been noted to be influenced by surrealism, cinema, and Freudian thought. The poems contain homoerotic elements, occult influences and coded references to the author's personal life. The modernist front cover was designed by Russian poet Vladislav Khodasevich (1886-1939).
Text in Russian.
Wrappers with some light smudges and stains. Minor rubbing to extremities. Interior with sporadic minor to light water stains and/or smudges throughout. Book block tight. Wrappers and interior in good+ condition overall. Scarce. Protected with modern mylar. g+. Item #45821
Russian transliteration: Forel Razbivaet Led
Bibliographic references: Turchinsky, p. 281, Rozanov No. 3138, Lesman No. 1231.