41 pp. volume featuring the surrealist poem by Risti , a "paranoid-didactic rhapsody", with illustrations by Croatian artist Krsto Hegeduši , employing the surrealist aesthetic principles and motifs of eroticism, war, and daydreaming. Slight toning. 4to. Original wrpps., slight toning/fading, spine slightly shaken, minor edgewear. Zagreb (n.p.) 1938.
Marko Risti was a noted figure in Serbian Surrealist circles, an acquaintance of André Breton, an editor of the magazine "Surrealism Here and Now", and a founder of the magazines "Svedo anstva / Testimonials" (1952) and "Delo / Work" (1955). He created collages, drawings, books, photograms, poetry, political texts, and other works. Turpituda was confiscated and banned in 1938 because "in its entirety it is a crime punishable under the Law of Protection of State Public Security and Order." Following the ruling, the entire edition was destroyed, aside from a very few copies which later turned up at flea markets. The magazine Delo re-published Turpituda in 1955. Scarce institutionally, with most copies being a 1972 reprint of the original 1938 printing. Book ID: 50029