LARGO: a novel. Translated by Olga Vitali
Edition: First edition in English
New York: Duffield & Green, 1932. Octavo, blue cloth stamped in light green. pp (6), 599, . Yellowing to page edges, a bit of flaking to the spine stamping; else a VG jacketless copy, no owner names. A novel based on the case of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Jew of Kiev accued of ritual murder (blood libel) in Russia before the First World War. The 1913 trial caused international condemnation of Russian anit-Semitism. Beilis was acquited. The story was also the basis of Bernard Malamud's Pulitzer Prize novel THE FIXER. Pyotr Nikolayevich Krasnov was a Don Cossack historian and officer, promoted to Lieutenant General of the Russian army when the revolution broke out in 1917, and one of the leaders of the counterrevolutionary White movement afterwards. He was handed over to the Soviets after the war and they hung him in 1947. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.