Autograph letter signed.
4to (277 x 222 mm). 1 page on squared paper. In Russian.
To the Russian journalist Solomon Gitmanovich Kaplun (1891-1940), discussing plans for the next issue of their periodical "Beseda", including works by Ivanov, Khodasevich and the Romanian author Panait Istrati: "I am returning the proofs of my story and 'The snake'. The order: / Story of the unusual / 'The trip' / 'The snake'. But Vyach[eslav] Ivanov will send on similar terms his operetta: will there be enough space for me, [or] will that make the issue too expensive? I wrote to Ivanov to talk to you about the conditions to be negotiated. 'Codine' is a very long piece and will require some cutting. Make a note of both stories by [Upton] Sinclair, and tomorrow I will send you Galsworthy, a small item. / [Vladislav] Khodasevich will be here between 4 and 10 October; he has some poems. / I am suffering with agonising colitis, and this disturbs my life extraordinarily. / For me to be able to cut the over-long 'Codine', I absolutely must have the beginning [...]".
"Codine" was a novel by the Romanian writer Panait Istrati (1884-1935), known as "the Gorky of the Balkans". The recipient, S. G. Kaplun, was a journalist and publisher, owner of the Berlin publishing house "Epoch" and publisher with Gorky of the literary and scientific periodical "Beseda" from 1922 to 1925.
Left margin with punched holes (slightly touching text); some slight damage to edges. Provenance: Hermitage Auction, 25 April 2019, lot 307.