(2092) Uris, Leon. (1925-2003) “Iskhod” (“Exodus”) Sokrashchennye perevod s angliiskogo.
Original typescript, 1st copy. 147 pages. 30cm x 20cm. Bound in the original notebook.
Samizdat of the most scarce and most sought after, mentioned in all anthologies and specialists of the subject as being one of the most significant of the period that samizdats would go through from 1953 to 1988.
See Mark Barbakadze’s Anthologie and http://www.yivoencyclopedia.org/article.aspx/Samizdat.
Possession of this samizdat would constitute a double offense. Firstly because of the fact that publication of the text was proscribed and importation of the original strictly prohibited, but also because the novel came out blatantly in support of of Zionism which was systematically pursued under the anti-semitic policies which were intensified in the Brezhnev era. Declaring oneself Jewish in the USSR was definitely a bad idea; under Soviet law Judaism was considered a nationality as well as a religion. The anti-semitism of the period equated Zionism with Fascism and “Zionists” as linked to that eternal enemy, the CIA.
Ultimately the singular importance of Exodus in samizdat is that due to the sheer length of the novel and the corresponding difficulties in reproducing the text in its totality, each one is a choice of certain chapters or of specific passages or, when it is not, a severely subjective abridgement.