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1001 Izbrannyi Sovetskii Politicheskii Anekdot [1001 Selected Soviet Political Jokes]. Soviet samizdat edition
[Soviet Union], 1989. Ca. 110 leaves of computer-printed text to rectos and versos, measuring 29 x 20 cm, loose in unlabeled paper folder. First page creased to lower margin, else very good. Samizdat edition of this famous collection of Soviet political anecdotes and jokes, published in 1986 in Tenafly, New Jersey (Hermitage Press). It is unclear whether our copy precedes the printed emigre edition, or whether it was printed after the latter was smuggled to the Soviet Union. It was produced using a mainframe computer and captures the intriguing juncture of dissident practices and digital technology. Beginning in the late 1970s, during the early days of computing, employees at some Soviet institutions managed to print banned texts using line (or drum) printers, usually during night shifts (the use of duplication technology was usually tightly controlled by the state). By the 1980s, such printers produced text at a rate of several hundred lines per minute. The files containing the texts could be moved from mainframe to mainframe using magnetic tape. Regarding this collection, a scholar on Soviet anecdotes writes: "There are many collections of Soviet anecdotes. ... The funniest, most clever presentation of a large number of these that I have seen is Iulius Telesin's 1001 Izbrannyi Sovetskii Politicheskii Anekdot. Telesin arranged 1001 well-chosen anecdotes topically and added humorous rhyming quatrains called chastushki (the Russian equivalent of limericks), excerpts from Soviet dissident publications such as the Khronika tekushchikh sobytii (Chronicle of Current Events) and other snippets to make a very entertaining book" (Bruce Friend Adams 2005, 2). The compiler, Iuliius Telesin (1933), was a Soviet poet and translator, and a noted participant of Soviet samizdat culture of theh 1960s. After 1970, he lived in Israel. The original 1986 edition is well-represented in KVK and OCLC, but neither show a samizdat copy.
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