One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe.as modifier ‘a samizdat newsletter’‘samizdat books’
- ‘Journalists adopted tactics of underground publication, in the best tradition of East European samizdat.’
- ‘Web sites have taken on the historical roles and research value of samizdat, avant-garde magazines, seditious literature, fringe political manifesti, etc.’
- ‘This has archival value as a kind of samizdat text and the film itself is arguably of note as an intended critique of theocracy, of sharia and the suppression of women.’
- ‘In Ukraine, all performances and translations of Shakespeare into Ukrainian were banned by strict ukases, thus turning Shakespeare into samizdat literature well before the Soviet period.’
- ‘Accessibility is part of the problem, since much of Yoder's work remains unpublished, or available only in hard-to-obtain samizdat copy.’
1960s: Russian, literally ‘self-publishing house’.
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