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Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature 1920-35: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times [Hardcover]

Julian Rothenstein , Olga Budashevskaya
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Redstone Press (15 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870003950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870003957
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and exciting 14 Nov 2013
By sapitt
This is an amazing collection of Early Soviet children's book illustrations in the very few years of Bolshevism (1920-1935)when a new society was to be built from scratch. It was a time which was marked by great optimism and idealism and a time when artists wanted to be part of this great new ideology.

Chukovsky set up a publishers called 'Raduga' (rainbow) and he and Marshak attracted prominent avant-garde writers, artists and designers to 'Raduga', including pioneers of constructivism, suprematism and futurism. The group included the poet Osip Mandelstam, the constructivist playwright Sergei Tretyakov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Daniil Kharms.

Artists and writers were charged with producing a children's literature based on the real world: workers, industry, technology, transport, food, everyday objects, animals and buildings and they did this with an exuberant inventiveness and lyricism. Philosophy, pragmatism, good citizenship and science are conveyed with such beauty and are so aesthetically pleasing that it is amazing to think that in a story about electricity: M Makhalov's photomontaged illustrations in 'The Journey Inside the Electric Lamp', could be so cinematic and filled with such high drama and adventure. Many of the illustrations use spare, bold geometric shapes with the muted primary colours of constructivism and these dance alongside stories and rhymes about Soviet Life. The printing technology and palette of colours is very specific to the way that the images are constructed. This is a fantastic source book, a book that I will return to for inspiration again and again and one that any one interested in illustration, printmaking, graphics or typography should read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Price on Art? 5 Dec 2013
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This book is a fascinating insight into the cultural problems and joys expereinced in Russia between the two great wars. Whether you are a historian, someone who enjoys children's literature, a sociologist or a lover of art there is much to read and see in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 6 April 2014
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Love the book the illustrations and the story behind it. constructivist art at its very best and in such a lovely book
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3.0 out of 5 stars A SOURCE BOOK WITH NO ATTEMPT OF ART ANALYSIS 31 Dec 2013
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The topic is amazing. It represents an important stage in the evolution of the Russian avantgarde, which involves a shift of interest from painting to applied art. Both forewords do not elaborate on this. Instead they substitute art analysis with the predictable political one, a sort of mirror reflection of Socialist Realism.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interested in the history of Children's lit…this is a good addition to your library! 24 Dec 2013
By Janet C. Whitchurch - Published on Amazon.com
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I chose this book because I am interested in Children's books and also interested in Russian history. Both subjects are explored in this very interesting book. The illustrations relate a great deal to the type of art that artists were making in the U.S.S.R. during this time period and there did not seem to be a stigma attached to artists doing illustration, so there is 'cross-over' artwork. The book provide a window into what was appropriate for children as well as a glimpse of a child's life. Very interesting, but probably not for the casual reader.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for "Inside the Rainbow" 2 Dec 2013
By Cecile L. Schubert - Published on Amazon.com
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The history along with the illustrations are remarkable.
What is missing are the translations for each page where there is 'the written word'.
Will have to find a translator - which will take time, but I am sure worth while.

Again, so many thanks to all involved with the "Rainbow' project.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some questions 23 Oct 2013
By Matvei Yankelevich - Published on Amazon.com
Why spell Kharms as Charms when all other English language editions use "Kharms" transliteration...?
("Charms" is the French and German transliteration.)

And, who are the translators? Could you list them?

Looking forward to getting a copy of the book.

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