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Friederike Kind-Kovács Written Here, Published There: How Underground Literature Crossed the Iron Curtain


Friederike Kind-Kovács's book identifies a transnational undertaking that reinforced détente, dialogue, and cultural transfer, and thus counterbalanced the persistent belief in Europe’s irreversible division. It analyzes a cultural practice that attracted extensive attention during the Cold War but has largely been ignored in recent scholarship: tamizdat, or the unauthorized migration of underground literature across the Iron Curtain. Investigating the transfer of underground literature from the ‘Other Europe’ to Western Europe, the United States, and back the study illuminates the intertwined fabrics of Cold War literary cultures.

Friederike Kind-Kovács: Written Here, Published There. How Underground Literature Crossed the Iron Curtain. New York / Budapest 2014.

Central European University Press