In this handsomely illustrated book Tobie Mathew makes a case for the lowly postcard’s role in the politicisation of pre-revolutionary Russia... Like every publication that I’ve seen from Four Corners Books (including the irresistible UFO Drawings from the National Archive, a favourite birthday present this year), Greetings from the Barricades looks a treat. The illustrations are vivid and copious and the layout is stylish. If the text is a little too detailed for the casual reader, the book still promises happy times for anyone with an interest in early 20th-century Russian art and history.
Mathew must have dug deep to unearth so many hundreds of revolutionary examples... Tobie Mathew’s magnificent book testifies to Russia’s unrepeatable two years of free-ranging political satire. The book has been magnificently produced and professionally edited. It is very generously illustrated, with excellent notes and index. The narrative is a little disorganised, neither wholly chronological nor thematic, but everything one might want to know can be found in it.