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"A valuable contribution to studies of Parisian modernism, especially in the field of book arts, and an important first step toward a comprehensive biography in English of Ilia Zdanevich—Iliazd—whose life and work merit much scholarly scrutiny and have received increased attention among both specialists and the general public in recent decades."

"A compelling, sui generis work, Iliazd is exceptional for its fine-grain approach to writing this history through the book and life of one of modernism's earliest practitioners. As thoroughly researched as any scholarly monograph—maybe more so—Iliazd often reads like a novel."

"A much-needed book, long in the making. Because of it, Iliazd will be—rightly—part of the conversation about the convergences of typography, modern design, experimental narrative, book-making, and the international social life of the avant-garde. Johanna Drucker's career-long construction of this account has led to these moving and relevant reflections on the artist's life—thus the meta-biography of its title. It is a life, but it also is life."

"This deeply original book examines the life and work of Iliazd: legendary Russian futurist, zaum poet and dramatist, incomparable book artist, and eminent Parisian publisher of experimental visual and sound poetry. Drucker not only presents his collaborations with many of European modernism's greatest talents but also interrogates the very process by which an artist—and a biographer—constructs a life's work."