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Non-Aligned Movement / Yugoslav Book Design: Pogovori z Nehrujem [Conversations avec Nehru / Conversations with Nehru]



A Slovenian translation of a lengthy interview between Jawaharlal Nehru and Hungarian Paris-based journalist Tibor Mende. Signed by Tibor Mende


8°: 139 pp. with black and white portrait, [5 pp.], original illustrated wrappers with flaps (wrappers with minor staining and wear on the corner, but otherwise in a good condition).




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This is a Slovenian translation of a lengthy interview with Jawaharlal Nehru made in 1956 by Tibor Mende (1915 – 1984), a French journalist of Hungarian origins. Jawaharlal Nehru was at the time highly regarded by the Yugoslavs.

The Indian – Yugoslav political friendship went back to 1950, when both of the countries refused to take sides regarding the Korean War. The term used by the United Nations at the time was “Non-Alignment”. The book was published in 1957, a year after India’s prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Egypt’s president Gamal Abdel Nasser and Yugoslavia’s president, Josip Broz Tito signed the so called Declaration of Brijuni, which became the basis for the Non-Aligned Movement.

The book was signed by Tibor Mende on the title page.

The cover was made by a female designer Jakica (Jakobina) Accetto (1924-1998) until today an underappreciated and not well researched draftswoman, book designer, illustrator and interior decorator, although MOMApicked up on her work for the exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia, Architecture in Yugoslavia,1948–1980.

Her book designs, with an emphasis on mid-century modern, stand out for their synchronized hythmical geometrical forms in contemporary colours, sharp lines and an astonishing photogenic quality.

We could not find any institutional examples outside Slovenian libraries.

References: OCLC 439359607.

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