Estonia 1850-2010: Texts, Agents, Institutions and Practices

Miriam Rossi on Tamizdat and Translations in the USSR

Miriam Rossi explores the development of the tamizdat and samizdat in the Soviet Union, focusing on these literary realms’ links to “the West”. She suggests that despite the intensely normative and oppressive environment that writers existed within, they continued to find ways and spaces to avoid Soviet censorship and to smuggle their works to readers outside the USSR and to engage with foreign literary texts. Rossi focuses on four authors, Boris Pasternak, Yuly Markovich Daniel, and Andrey Donatovich Sinyavsky, and Joseph Brodsky.