Tag: USSR

The Gutter’s Own Carol watches Zerograd!

At Monstrous Industry, the Gutter’s own Carol Borden writes a bit about Karen Shakhnazarov’s absurd satire/mystery, Zerograd / Zero City (1998). “Zerograd is a film that requires a lot of pondering–especially in its presentation of the implications of distorting history, personal and otherwise. And it requires some thought […]

“Beautiful Books, Terrible Times”

Hyperallergic has a piece on Soviet children’s books between 1920 and 1935, with images from Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children’s Literature 1920-35: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times. “The 1920s in Russia weren’t exactly what people had hoped they would be. After the 1917 Russian Revolution brought down the old regime […]

Soviet Erotic Alphabet

Bturn has a gallery of images from a Soviet picture book in which naked people form the letters of the cyrillic alphabet. “The fascinating scans come from an alphabet picture book published around 1931, allegedly to fight widespread illiteracy across the vast Soviet territories. It was drawn by […]