Tragédiás figurák: regény (Tragic figures: a novel) BORTNYIK, SÁNDOR
Tragédiás figurák: regény (Tragic figures: a novel)
Kassák, Lajos

Budapest: Ma Folyóirat Kiadása, 1919.

Yellow paper wrappers illustrated with an abstract blue linocut by Sándor Bortnyik. 111, [1] p. 21.5 x 13.5 cm. Includes a full-page linocut portrait frontispiece of Kassák. First edition of Kassák's first novel. Very rare, especially with the red linocut on yellow wrappers. Kassák led and developed Aktivizmus, first through A TETT, then into MA (1916-24). Self-taught as a novelist, poet, painter and graphic designer, Kassák was a major force in the Hungarian avant-garde, producing major works in a number of genres. Tragédiás figurák was written and published in the days following the collapse of the Hungarian Empire, during the collective shock and swift radicalization of politics leading to the brief 1919 Soviet Republic and its demise. One of the most lavish publications by the "MA" circle prior to the emigration.

OCLC locates 5 copies, at BL, Columbia, Getty, Harvard, and UCLA. KVK locates an additional copy at Humboldt University in Berlin.