Moscow: MODPiK, 1926. Octavo (22.7 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 24 pp. Ownership stamp; else about very good.
First edition of this collectivization propaganda play, which follows the heroic activities of a fictional ‘sel’korka’ (sel’skaia korrespondentka, or village party correspondent) Anna Korzhankova, who loses her life while trying to unmask the corrupt activities of a wealthy local peasant. Village party correspondents played an important role in political education and agitation of the villagers. They also reported on the activities of the villagers in local press and more clandestinely to party officials. Wealthy peasants, known as kulaks, were often the target of their criticism as the new Soviet state tried to win the support of the peasant class which comprised the majority of the country’s population. As in this play, the image of the sel’kor as a martyr, often murdered by the kulaks while trying to bring their message to the people became popular in Soviet literature and film of the period. The second edition of this play was published in 1927. Stalin finally announced the ‘liquidation of kulaks as a class’ in 1929 resulting in repression, exile and execution of millions of Soviet citizens. As of October 2019, not traced via KVK, OCLC. Book ID: 50316