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Czech Samizdat – Philosophy

Dopis příteli [Letter to a friend].

Prague: VOKNO, 1983. Octavo (20 × 14.8 cm). Original side-stapled light green card wrappers; 36, [1] pp. of reproduced typescript to rectos, including one photographic print of the author on photo paper. Front wrapper stamped with the VOKNO logo. Light overall wear; about very good.

First edition of this important philosophical work by Egon Bondy (1930–2007), who began as a member of surrealist circles in the late 1940s, published his work in samizdat form, and had become one of the key figures of the Czech cultural underground by the 1970s. A philosopher and poet, he was a representative of the anti-totalitarian so-called "trapná poezie" (poetry of awkwardness or embarrassment) and in some facets his work was close to that of the American Beat generation. The present work is a philosophical meditation on his atheism and ontology, which rejects the Church and all forms of organized religion purporting to speak for a personal God, but admits belief in a "living" impersonal god.

Published by the imprint of VOKNO, a mimeographed samizdat journal that served as a major, if not the most significant, print organ of Czechoslovak unofficial music, literature, and culture of the 1980s.

As of October 2023, KVK, OCLC only show one microfilm copy in North America.

Book ID: 52579

Price: $600.00