Item #586 A cenzúra esztétikája. [The Velvet Prison. Artists Under State Socialism.]. Miklós Haraszti.
Samizdat Edition - Illustrated Cover

A cenzúra esztétikája. [The Velvet Prison. Artists Under State Socialism.]

Budapest: AB Független Kiadó, 1986. Cover by László Rajk. First Hungarian edition. Printed in 1200 copies. In original, illustrated wrappers printed in red and black. 87, (3) p. In fine condition.

Haraszti’s essay about the relation between art and artists and the totalitarian state, “the aesthetics of censorship, the symbiotic relationship between artists and the modern socialist state”. The book has been published in German (Die Staatskünstler; 1985) and in English too in 1987.

Miklós Haraszti (b. 1945) is a Hungarian writer, journalist and human rights advocate, during the socialist time he was one of the most prominent opposition intellectuals and the editor of the samizdat periodical “Beszélő”.

Samizdat editions, mostly political pamphlets, appeared in Hungary in the 1970s in the poor form of carbon copies of typescripts. Later in the 80s the so-called Democratic Opposition in Hungary established semi-underground publishings, like “AB Független” to publish not merely political literature but also literature that was banned by the Communist politics.


Price: €400.00

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