1991. Leningrad: “Sovetskii kompozitor”, 1991. Octavo (21 × 14.5 cm). Original illustrated wrappers; 293,  pp. Illustrations throughout. Some underlining and notes in blue ink to pp. 8-11, else very good.
First edition. The first published collection of short stories by the writer and artist duo Vladimir Evsev’ev and Natalia Evsev’eva-Gromova, with numerous illustrations by Evsev’eva-Gromova throughout. The duo claim connection to the network of Soviet unofficial literature and art which expanded significantly in the 1980s in the era of Glasnost (transparency) and Perestroika (rebuilding) under Gorbachev. In keeping with some of the unoficial art of the period, this work and the accompanying illustrations are by turns politically and socially irreverent and occasionally obscene, and would not have been allowed for publication by the Soviet censor. With all censorship removed, the immediate post-Soviet period saw and explosion of publications such as this one, both by writers who previously wrote only for unofficial distribution starting in the 1960s (the duo claim co-authorship of works starting in 1975) and by younger writers coming onto the scene. KVK, OCLC show copies at Harvard, Columbia, LOC, Indiana, Kansas, Oregon, Berkeley, British Library, Oxford and Zurich. Book ID: P6557