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Author: Federica Rossi, James M. Bradburne
Format: SoftbackPages: 36 p.
Description: The history of the Adler collection begins with a battered brown leather suitcase. In 1933 the architects Hand Edward and Hedwig Adler flee Nazi Germany and take refuge in England. Upon their death in 1986, their daughter Susan, clearing out their apartment in Cologne, found a suitcase with a treasure in the attic: 257 Soviet children's books, of which 169 in Russian, 85 in Ukrainian and 3 in Yiddish, mostly published between the late 1920s and 1933. In the land of the Soviets, the first years after the October Revolution were a time of intense creativity and particular attention to childhood, and the volumes of the Adler collection bear witness to this unique period in history of the twentieth century. Within the collection there are also rare editions and by masters such as Vladimir Lebedev Vera Ermolaeva and Aleksandr Dejneka, one of the greatest Soviet artists. The volume We will build a new world presents numerous illustrations of the books and tells the story of this precious collection, also offering an insight into the world of illustration and Soviet culture of those years.