Tag Archives: Soviet Union

A Soviet Alphabet by Vladimir Mayakovsky (1919)

Roman Jakobson tells us that ‘Mayakovskij and I worked on his Soviet Alphabet together.When he had the first line of a couplet, but the second wouldn’t come to him, he would say: “I’ll pay you so much, if you can … Continue reading

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Shklovsky in the Film Factory

First of all, I have a job at the third factory of Goskino. Second of all, the name isn’t hard to explain. The first factory was my family and school. The second was Opoyaz. And the third – is processing … Continue reading

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A Perfume Called ‘The Decline of the West’

In an anecdote found in Maria Gough’s The Artist as Producer Ilya Ehrenburg remarks that such was the popularity of Oswald Spengler’s theory of the decline of European civilization in 1920s Russian intellectual circles ‘that even a fragrance called ‘Decline of the … Continue reading

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