Whimsical and revolutionary poems and art by some of Russia’s foremost avant-garde writers and illustrators
A boy wants a toy horse big enough to ride,Â but where can his father find it? Not inÂ the stores, which means it’s got to be builtÂ from scratch. How? With the help of expertÂ workers, from the carpenter to the painter,Â working together as one. And now the bold boyÂ is ready to ride off in defense of the future!
Two trams, Click and Zam, are cousins. ClickÂ goes out for a day on the tracks and beforeÂ long he’s so tired he doesn’t know where heÂ is or how to get back. All he knows is he’s gotÂ to find Zam. Click is looking for Zam and ZamÂ is looking for Click, and though for a while itÂ seems like nobody knows where to find Click,Â good and faithful Zam is not to be deterred.
Peter’s a car, Vasco’s a steamboat, andÂ Mikey’s a plane. They’re all running like madÂ and going great guns until, whoops, there’s aÂ big old cow, just a plain old cow, standing inÂ the road. What then?Â The early years of the Soviet Union were aÂ golden age for children’s literature. The FireÂ Horse brings together three classics from theÂ era in which some of Russia’s most celebratedÂ poets, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Osip Mandelstam,Â and Daniil Kharms, teamed up with some of itsÂ finest artists, Lidia Popova, Boris Ender, andÂ Vladimir Konashevich. Brilliantly translated byÂ the poet Eugene Ostashevsky, this is poetryÂ that is as whimsical and wonderful as it isÂ revolutionary.