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MACHOVEC, Martin. Writing Underground. Reflections on Samizdat Literature in Totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Praha: Karolinum, 2019. 252 pp. ISBN 978-80-246-4125-6.
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Original name Writing Underground. Reflections on Samizdat Literature in Totalitarian Czechoslovakia
Authors MACHOVEC, Martin (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition Praha, 252 pp. 2019.
Publisher Karolinum
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Original language English
Type of outcome book on a specialized topic
Field of Study 60206 Specific literatures
Country of publisher Czech Republic
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
Publication form printed version "print"
RIV identification code RIV/46358978:_____/19:00000039
Organization Univerzita Jana Amose Komenského Praha s.r.o.
ISBN 978-80-246-4125-6
Keywords (in Czech) Samizdatové publikace;undergroundová literatura v Československu
Keywords in English Samizdat publications;Underground literature in Czechoslovakia
Tags International impact
Changed by Changed by: Ing. Kateřina Lendrová, učo 1091. Changed: 24. 3. 2020 14:28.
In this collection of writings produced between 2000 and 2018, the pioneering literary historian of the Czech underground, Martin Machovec, examines the multifarious nature of the underground phenomenon. After devoting considerable attention to the circle surrounding the band The Plastic People of the Universe and their manager, the poet Ivan M. Jirous, Machovec turns outward to examine the broader concept of the underground, comparing the Czech incarnation not only with the movements of its Central and Eastern European neighbors, but also with those in the world at large. In one essay, he reflects on the so-called Půlnoc Editions, which published illegal texts in the darkest days of the late forties and early fifties. In other essays, Machovec examines the relationship between illegal texts published at home (samizdat) and those smuggled out to be published abroad (tamizdat), as well as the range of literature that can be classified as samizdat, drawing attention to movements frequently overlooked by literary critics. In his final, previously unpublished essay, Machovec examines Jirous’s “Report on the Third Czech Musical Revival” not as a merely historical document, but as literature itself.
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