L'viv: Stepan Oleksiuk, 1927-1932. Large octavo (24.5 × 17 cm). Publisher's photo-illustrated wrappers; 95,  pp. Very faint restoration to spine and overlapping wrapper edges; unobtrusive ink mark to first leaf; else about very good. Item #6454
Single issue of this rare leftist avant-garde journal published in Western Ukraine and edited by V. Bobyns'kyi, Stepan Tudor, and finally Stepan Kuzik. Vikna focused on contributions by "Western Ukrainian, Soviet, and other proletarian writers, painters, and critics." Second edition after confiscation, with several contributions blanked out. Contains poetry by Pavlo Tychyna (confiscated), Ia. Kondra, V. Bobyns'kyi, E. Hinkel', Johannes Becher and other translations of German proletarian poets; prose by S. Dombrovs'kyi, M. Krleža and others; political news and literary reviews. With a striking pacifist-themed photo-montage wrapper design by the L'viv-based artist M. Kraian, about whom we are unable to find any information, as so often with the modernist and avant-garde artists of Western Ukraine. Issues of Vikna are very scarce, due to confiscation by the Polish censorship. In 1932, the journal was forced to shut for propagating communism. KVK and OCLC only show scattered paper holdings at Ottawa, the Polish National Library, Harvard, Indiana and NYPL.