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Czech Samizdat, With Work By Kerouac and Ferlinghetti

antagon 23. Samizdat anthology.

[Bratislava]: CAD Press, 1984. Octavo (20 × 14.5 cm). Green card wrappers with cloth spine-strip; perfect-bound xeroxed typescript; [1], 179 pp. With photo-reproductions on front and rear wrapper. A very good copy; a few stains to front wrapper.

Rare Czech samizdat anthology published in Bratislava, Slovakia, which contains the full translation of Jack Kerouac's "The Subterraneans," as well as poetry by Laurence Ferlinghetti and other writers of the Beat Generation. While they had a following in Czechoslovakia in the more liberal 1960s, the work of the Beats was much less available in the stuffy “Normalization” period after the Czech Prague Spring of 1968. Curiously, 1978 saw a translation of Kerouac's On the Road, approved by the Czech censors because Kerouac’s anti-establishment stance was seen as anti-American, and thus in agreement with state ideology. The rear wrapper of this anthology, along with various occult and esoteric works, advertises two more works by Kerouac in Czech translation by the same publisher, which were apparently never published. Other writers, artists, and musicians whose work is included, or who are discussed in the volume, are: Mighty Sparrow, Jacques Charpier, Ghali Shukri, Roland Penrose, Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Ian Wilson, UB-40, Erika Billeter, Carlo Silvestre and Margaret Croyden of the New York Living Theatre, and numerous others. A monumental effort to introduce Czechoslovak readers to otherwise unaccessible content about contemporary Western developments in the arts, none of which were covered in official media. As of June 2020, KVK and OCLC only show one copy outside the Czech Republic, and none in North America.

Book ID: P003248

Price: $350.00