Ave Dictator! Iurii Horlis-Horskyi, Iuri Gorodianyn-Lisovskyi.

Ave Dictator!

Lviv: Ukrainske vydavnytstvo, 1941. Second edition. Original illustrated wrappers. Good. Item #208

Octodecimo (10,5 x 14,5 cm). 30 pages. Text in Ukrainian. Original illustrated wrappers. Very slight soiling and wear to wrappers. Overall good copy.

In 1924 the author was arrested. For the anti-communist underground work, the Bolsheviks gave Iurii Horlis-Horskyi 15 years in psychiatric prison in Kherson. In 1931, the author escaped and moved to Lviv. Over there Iurii wrote an essay “Ave, dictator”, dedicated to Joseph Stalin in which he describes delirium and madness of the mentally ill and his struggle in that psychiatric prison. The book was first published in 1934. The second edition was edited by K. Hupalo and published in 1941 also in Lviv.

Iurii Horlis-Horskyi (real name Iurii Gorodianyn-Lisovskyi) (1898-1946) a Ukrainian military and public figure, chief of The Ukrainian People's Army, scout, writer. In 1918-1920 he served as a colonel at the commander-in-chief Symon Petliura. The Soviet occupation forced Horlis-Horskyi to go underground — in the area of Kholodnyi Yar, he organized numerous insurgent groups that resisted the Bolsheviks. In the interwar period, his life was also full of adventures. During 1941-1944 Horlis-Horskyi, who had already been recruited by the German service of the “Abwehr”, was in Ukraine. There he collected intelligence and hunted down the leaders of the Bolshevik partisan movement. The failure of the blitzkrieg forced the former colonel of the UNR Army to finally immigrate — he and his wife sneaked through Austria to Germany and settled in Neu-Ulm. Life under new conditions in the displaced persons camp with the scouts and spies of yesterday’s allies, turned out to be more dangerous than hostile bayonets and bullets. Horlis-Horskyi died under unexplained circumstances in 1946.

OCLC shows ten copies, as of April 2020.

Price: $350.00