Eufrosinia Kersnovskaya's Notebooks and History of Publication
Evfrosinia Kersnovskaya “Truth is like light. Illustrated memoirs of the 40-s and 50-s”. This edition consists of two volumes. The title was taken from the author’s manuscript.
The album version of the work consists of 12 notebooks containing 680 sides. Each side is a drawing with an extended caption accompanying it. They often make parallel between this text-and-picture work and comic book or Russian amature painting. The album version had been created in 1970s.
By 1983, E. Kersnovskaya's friends in Moscow made a samizgat type-written version of the work. It consists of six bound volumes. The author made drawings with accompanying captions on some of empty type-written pages. By then, she was 75 years old.
The first fragments of the work were published in the Ogonyok magazine (1990, issues 3 and 4) - 64 drawings with captions, and the Znamya journal (1990, issues 3, 4 and 5) - the first third of the text without drawings. The fragment published in the British Observer magazine was accompanied with eight drawings.
An important development came in 1991, when the album Naskalnaia Zhivopis' (Cave Painting) containing 350 facsimile drawings and 120 reduced sides with drawings and text fragments was published in Russia and Germany.
With regards of drawings and accompanying text, the album "Coupable de rien" (Perfectly innocent) prepared with E. Kersnovskaya's participation and published in France in 1994, soon after her death, has been for now the most comprehensive foreign version of her work.
In 2000-2001, the full text of the work in six volumes was released under the title What's a Human Being Worth.
The only bulk-issue publication (5,000 copies) was illustrated omnibus What's a Human Being Worth (2004) released in "Corpus of Endurance and Transfiguration" series published by the Foundation for social, economic and intellectual programs (Foundation of Filatov).
In 2006, the year of Kersnovkaya's centenary, her work was, for the first time, published in full, the text and drawings (notebook version). The 856-page book opens with the foreword by V. Pasat and Eufrosinia's family photo-album. Its appendix contains archive materials (parts of investigatory records and papers on quashing of sentence to E. Kersnovskaya).
"Quanto vale un uomo" , BOMPIANI Edition, 2009.
Jevfrosinija Kersnovskaja. Jaká je cena člověka. – Vydala Euromedia Group, k. s. – Ikar, 2012
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In summer 2016 a new edition of the work by E. Kersnovskaya was published:
Kersnovskaya E. What's a Human Being Worth / Eufrosinia Kersnovskaya. - M. : KoLibri, Azbuka-Atticus, 2016. - 800 p. + inserts (32 p.). - ("Biographies, autobiographies, memoirs" series). - Editor-in-Chief Oksana Saburova.
This one-volume edition was published almost in full and includes illustration plates with 32 author's drawings created for the book of memoirs, as well as an article titled "About the author" which tells about the fate of E. Kersnovskaya and the history of writing the book.
The book can be ordered at "Ozon" online store : www.ozon.ru.
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In december 2021 a new french edition by E. Kersnovskaya was published: « Envers et contre tout. Chronique illustrée de ma vie au goulag » d’Euphrosinia Kersnovskaïa, traduit du russe par Sophie Benech, avant-propos de Ludmila Oulitskaïa, préface de Nicolas Werth, Christian Bourgois/Interférences, 622 p., 29,90 €, numérique 20 €.
« Envers et contre tout. Chronique illustrée de ma vie au goulag » d’Euphrosinia Kersnovskaïa, traduit du russe par Sophie Benech, avant-propos de Ludmila Oulitskaïa, préface de Nicolas Werth, Christian Bourgois/Interférences, 622 p., 29,90 €, numérique 20 €.