Samizdat Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Sumerkin, Alexander, editor. Free Voices in Russian Literature, 1950s-1980s, A Bio-Bibliographical Guide. New York: Russica Publishers, Inc., 1987, 510 p.

Bio-bibliographical sketches on authors of the Russian samizdat.


Feldbrugge, F. J. M. Samizdat and Political Dissent in the Soviet Union. Leyden, Netherlands: A. W. Sijthoff, 1975, 255 p.

Collection of essays on the samizdat, including its legal aspects, origins and organization, a summary of its periodicals and various publications, and its ideological origins.

Mamonova, Tatyana, editor. Women and Russia: Feminist Writings from the Soviet Union. Translated by Rebecca Park and Catherine A Fitzpatrick. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 1984, 273 p.

Anthology of essays on issues significant for Russian women, including female dissident writers and their works.

Sanders, George. Samizdat: Voices of the Soviet Opposition. New York: Monad Press, 1974, 464 p.

Reprints of dissident political texts, including several periodical articles, from the Soviet Union during the 1960s and later.

Scammell, Michael. Introduction to Russia's Other Writers: Selections from Samizdat Literature, pp. 1-28. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971.

Places the production of Russian literature in emigrant periodicals within the context of the political and historical developments in Russia itself, writing that the polarization of Russian literary circles is not a new phenomenon for that country, with a history that goes back to the time of the Tsars.

Skilling, H. Gordon. “Samizdat: A Return to the Pre-Gutenberg Era?” In Samizdat and an Independent Society in Central and Eastern Europe, pp. 3-18. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1989.

Presents a history of the samizdat movements in Soviet Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and China during the mid-1970s.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. Invisible Allies. Translated by Alexis Klimoff and Michael Nicholson. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1995, 344 p.

English translation of Solzhenitsyn's work detailing stories about friends and collaborators who helped him smuggle his work out of the Soviet Union during the late days of the communist regime.

Wreath, Patrick J. “Samizdat: Russia's Literary Underground.” Bulletin of Bibliography 30, no. 2 (April-June 1973): 77-82.

Provides a brief overview of samizdat literature in the Soviet Union in the 1970s, including a survey of dissident periodicals.