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ORWELL, George; Ivan Chernyatinskii, trans. Kolgosp Tvarin (Animal Farm).
(Munich): Vidavnitstvi Prometei, (1947). First edition in Ukrainian (it is in Cyrillic), with a new preface by Orwell for this edition. 8vo., orig. pictorial printed wrappers, (91)pp. Dampstain to lower fore edge, about 1/3 of the blank spine is chipped away, rubbing and light wear to upper cover, very good. Fenwick A.10.T25.

This edition is notable for Orwell’s new preface. It written after Orwell was contacted by a Ukrainian stateless refugee—Igor Szewczenko, an academic that went on to be a Professor of Byzantine studies at Harvard—who explained that Animal Farm had gained an audience with Ukrainian refugees he was working with in camps across Germany; after he verbally translated passages, they expressed a profound connection with the material, which mirrored the hardships they faced in the Soviet Union. This resulting edition, translated by Szewczenko under a pseudonym, was distributed by a Ukrainian displaced persons organization in Munich. “Rather than an account of the of the immediate origins of Animal Farm, this Preface is an account of Orwell’s early life, his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, his views on Stalinism and the Soviet regime, and his belief in the importance of the Socialist movement.” The original English text of the Preface does not survive.

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