Bich: ezhenedel’nyi zhurnal politicheskoi satiry [The whip: A weekly journal of political satire]. Nos. 1-11 (complete run). Paris, 1920-21.
A complete run of this early – and quite likely the first – Russian emigre satirical journal, published by Mikhail Linsky (Moisei Solomonovich Schlezinger, 1878-1941), the indefatigable artist, caricaturist, journalist, art critic, and author of plays and film scripts. In addition to countless sketches and caricatures, “The Whip” gathers original humorous poems, short stories, dialogues, political ditties and anecdotes by Linsky and Arkadii Averchenko (1881-1925), the famous Russian humorist and satirist. Though vehemently anti-Soviet in orientation, the authors’ ability to make light of the difficulties of Russian emigre life and the absurdities of the new Soviet order set them apart from the flood of embittered political treatises and partisan journalism dominating the 1920s. Both Linsky and Averchenko were prominent contributors to the great pre-revolutionary satirical journals; unsurprisingly, “Bich” was inspired by these predecessors from 1905-1917 both in form and content. With many illustrations by the emigre artist Mikhail A. Drizo (1887-1953, pseudonym MAD), a prolific caricaturist and illustrator. Russian emigre satirical journals are very uncommon in the trade and are yet to become the subject of significant research and documentation.