New York: Olympia Press, 1971. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s purple cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of an erotic Soviet satire published by Maurice Girodias of Olympia Press. Described as "the first modern erotic novel from the Soviet underground," the novel details the apparent sexual fantasies of individuals holding public offices. Upon publication it was immediately banned by the Novosti (the Moscow press agency) which claimed: "It is plain that the author of this book is a deeply amoral person, who hates his people and the land which nourishes him." While Girodias claimed the book was written by "a well known Russian writer" under the pen name Vlas Tenin, it was reputed by a Soviet literary weekly that the author was German writer Heinz Konsalik. Girodias denied the allegations, claiming to have never heard of Konsalik, and went on to publish the book in the original Russian to be smuggled back into the country. Translated by Michel Le Masque. Cover photo by Gilles Larrain. Corners gently banged, light embrowning to endpapers from binder's glue; unclipped dust jacket with light edgewear and light foxing to verso. Very good. Item #7979