Babi Yar: A Poem
By Yevgeny Yevtushenko
2003. Edition of 25.
Design and visual accompaniments by Walter Feldman. The visual accompaniments to the poetry are two color relief blocks and are printed in gray and black. Letterpress printed. Paper is handmade. Accordion fold with striking dark purple cloth covered case. Paper title on front. With an introduction by Barton Levi St. Armand.
Walter Feldman decided to publish this volume upon hearing the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform Dimitri Shostakovish's 13th Symphony for bass solo and bass chorus with orchestra. It was in 2003 that Feldman decided to publish - "On the threshold of another possible world conflict it seems appropriate to again return to the words of that great Russian, Yevtushenko." The poem brings to the forefront issues such as Anti-Semitism, intolerance and brutality.
Simultaneously, Yevtushenko calls into question what exactly it means to be Russian, Jewish, or perhaps, both, leading the reader down the dark, but path of a writer attempting to understand how such a brutal mass murder could have taken place.
$350 (Last 3 copies)