Значит, ураган (English: Then, There is A Storm) is a biographical book about Yegor Letov – the frontman of one of the earliest Soviet/Russian psychedelic and punk rock bands, an iconic figure for many Russian-speaking people. The book was published by Individuum in 2021.
It took no more than one approach for Maxim Balabin to perform a nearly impossible trick: on the one hand, he offered an expected image and didn’t ruin a formed convention with the potential audience — and at the same time, revealed, as accurately as possible, the spirit and contents of this quite sophisticated book. The book is not so much about Letov as it is about time, or even about the relationship with time — a certain complicated, intimate relationship.
Just like distant memories quiver and melt off in one’s mind’s eye, Flicker is vibrating on the book cover (set in red in one of iterations, but we realised that was too much) — and an old photo picturing the author and his hero standing together like two best buddies, divided by the book’s spine, is blurred.
The text is set in Spectral. The grotesk on the cover is unidentified.