The Culture of Samizdat: Literature and Underground Networks in the Late Soviet Union - Library of Modern Russia (Hardback)
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The Culture of Samizdat: Literature and Underground Networks in the Late Soviet Union - Library of Modern Russia (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 17/09/2020
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Samizdat, the production and circulation of texts outside official channels, was an integral part of Soviet life. But as Josephine von Zitzewitz explains, while much is known about the texts themselves, little is available on the complex communities and cultures that existed around them due to their necessarily secretive dissident nature. By analysing the periodicals produced in late Soviet Leningrad, The Culture of Samizdat fills this lacuna in Soviet history scholarship. Crucially, as well as providing new insight into Samizdat texts, the book makes use of oral and written testimonies to examine the role of Samizdat activists and employs an interdisciplinary theoretical approach drawing on both the sociology of reading and book history. In doing so, von Zitzewitz uncovers the importance of 'middlemen' - including editors, readers and typists - in the Samizdat subculture. Diligently researched and engagingly written, this book will be of great value to scholars of Soviet cultural history and Russian literary studies alike.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781788313766
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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