A typewritten copy of a work. The word originates from the russian, and it denotes typewritten copy (and up to about six of its carbon copies) done clandestinely by a typist, of a work by author who has been banned from official publications, usually under a for of totalitarian regime. Works of some famous 20th century writers, such as solzenitsyn or kundera, have appeared in the samizdat form before they were issued by a regular publishing house, often outside their country of origin and usually in a translation.

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