Skvoz’ dymchatye stekla [Through the smoky glass].

Berlin: Izd. Ol'ga D'iakova i Ko. 1922. Octavo (19 × 13 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 128, [2] pp. Good or better; stamps of the Russian Church Library, Los Angeles, trace of old paper label to head of spine; private library stamp to title; text toned due to stock. Item #4084

First and only edition. First collection of poems by Russian-Jewish satirist and émigré writer Iakov Oksner, who consistently published under the pseudonym Zhak Nuar. Oksner (1884-1941) started his literary career in Kishenev (modern day Moldova) in 1905. In 1910 he relocated to Odessa (modern day Ukraine) where he published in journals such as “Satyricon” and “Epokha”, becoming a member of the editorial board of the former in 1916. After the Revolution Oksner moved to Berlin and published this poetry collection followed by three others, in addition to writing poetry for children. Oksner was also an active member of the Berlin literary scene, friendly with literary personalities such as Igor Severyanin, and publishing in periodicals such as “Golos emigranta” (The Émigré Voice) and “Rul’” (Steering wheel). His presence in the Berlin literary scene was so pervasive that he makes an appearance in Vladmir Nabokov’s novel “Dar” (The Gift), described as “the satirical poet from “The Newspaper,” a small, kindly, witty man with a husky voice.” Oksner left Berlin in 1936, resettling in Bucharest and later Kishenev, where he died in the Kishenev ghetto in 1941. Savine 05435. KVK, OCLC show copies at Harvard, Yale, Ontario, UNC, Chicago, Wisconsin, Utah, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Jewish National Library and Diet National Library.

Price: €200.00