Prague: Nakladattelstvi Prokrok, 1929. Second Czech edition. Softcover. Octavo. 268 (2)pp. Original white wraps with photomontage and light blue lettering on cover, black on spine. Photomontage on cover by Otto Umbehr (Umbo). Translated by Jarmily Haassové (Jarmila Haas). Originally published in 1924 in German (Der rasende Reporter) Kisch was known for what was deemed "literary reporting" or investigative journalism. This collection of journalistic work is the second edition that features the iconic striking modernist photomontage by Otto Umbehr on the cover, not published as the cover of the first edition. Umbo's construction was also printed in red in addition to our blue copy, without primacy. Descriptive publisher's text on front inside flap.
Kisch was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Prague. He started his career as a journalist at Bohemia, a German language newspaper in Prague. During W.W.I. he served in the Austrian-Hungarian army and fought in Serbia. In 1916 he was briefly imprisoned due to critical reporting about the Austrian army. However, he served along Franz Werfel and Robert Musil in the army's press quarters later in the war. In the 1920s Kisch lived mostly in Berlin and was arrested by the Nazis a day after the Reichtags Fire in 1933, briefly imprisoned but soon expelled from Germany due to his Czech citizenship. Kisch had become a member of the Austrian Communist Party in 1919, became a speaker and operative for the Communist International and cofounder of the Association of Proletarian-Revolutionary Authors in 1928.
Only seven OCLC entries for this title, not indicating the edition. Text in Czech. Uncut at bottom and foredge. Light wear along edges of wraps with small closed tears along bottom edge of front, small chips at tail of spine and minor creasing along bottom of back cover. Here two and a half inch indented line not penetrating cover. Lightly rubbed. First signature to page 14 loosely laid in, not damaged at all. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. Good to very good condition. Item #48462