Exhibition of banned literature opens in Moscow

Exhibition of banned literature opens in Moscow
Exhibition of banned literature opens in Moscow
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Exhibition “Samizdat. Made in USSR" opened at the Andrei Sakharov Museum in Moscow.

Exhibition of banned literature opens in Moscow

Exhibition “Samizdat. Made in USSR" opened at the Andrei Sakharov Museum in Moscow.

The exposition of the exhibition includes uncensored publications that were clandestinely printed in the Soviet Union. Such books are called "samizdat". Originating in the 1950s, "samizdat" soon became a real cultural phenomenon. Books were printed on a typewriter, carbon paper, stitched by hand and even illustrated. It was thanks to "samizdat" that readers in the USSR first became acquainted with Pasternak's novel "Doctor Zhivago" and Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago", many poems by Akhmatova, Gumilyov, Mandelstam.

Several decades ago, Soviet daredevils swallowed these typewritten pages overnight and passed them on to the next reader in line, observing strict conspiracy. Some works were allowed to print only with large denominations. Samizdat returned forbidden pieces of text to the reader.

Publishing and reading dissident literature was punishable. Under the article "For the dissemination of deliberately false fabrications" they were expelled from the ranks of creative unions, fired from work, sent to prison. For some, this exhibition is a filling in of historical gaps, and for some it is a return to the past.

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