The Naked Year (Голые Года). Boris Pilnyak (Борис Пильняк - 1894-1938). Written in 1922, the novel was one of the first fictional accounts of the Russian Civil War. Set in the provincial town of Ordinin, it is an unconventional impressionistic account of people from different social groups, including merchants, the nobility (House of Ordinin), peasants and townspeople. Pilnyak criticizes the starvation and indiscriminate slaughter of the Revolution and these comments helped condemn him down the road. Eventually he was accused of plotting to kill Stalin and Nikolai Yezhov (head of NKVD), and of being a Japanese spy. He was tried in 1938, pleaded guilty, and was executed the same day at the Kommunarka shooting ground. Uncommon title.
MI (Ann Arbor): Ardis Publishers: 1975. Translated from the original Russian by Alexander R. Tulloch, first published in 1928. Softcover, 224 pages. Mild tanning to covers, sound binding, no names or marks. Solid VG. 1 copy only, as shown.