Costruiremo un nuovo mondo


The extraordinary story of the Adler collection begins with a battered brown leather suitcase. In 1933, the architects Hand Edward and Hedwig Adler fled Nazi Germany and took refuge in the United Kingdom. When they died in 1986, their daughter Susan found the suitcase with precious contents in the attic while clearing out their flat in Cologne: 257 children’s books from the Soviet Union, 169 of them in Russian, 85 in Ukrainian and 3 in Yiddish, mostly published between the late 1920s and 1933. In the USSR, in the initial period after the October Revolution, there was a time of intense creativity and focus on children, and the books in the Adler collection bear witness to this unique period in 20th century history. The collection also includes rare editions and works by masters such as Vladimir Lebedev, Vera Ermolaeva, and Aleksandr Dejneka, one of the greatest Soviet artists.

Now, this book is in Italian, so unless you can read that language, the above story will largely go untold (to you). But the whole is a fascinating graphic teaser of Soviet books for kids.

  • Authors: Federica Ross and James M. Bradburne
  • Size: 6.75 × 9.4 inches
  • Pages: 32
  • Binding: Pamphlet
  • Language: Italian (but this is really about the pictures)
  • Publisher: Edizioni Corraini, 2020