Re: RARA-AVIS: Lithuanian Pulps

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 21 Mar 2002

Jess <> noted: "Well, sure. But the Soviets were never known for being open to original thinkers, and while there is the rare exception of mysteries and thrillers being published in the USSR and the Eastern Bloc countries post-WW2 and pre-1990s, there aren't many--the Soviet novel that features a Russian super-agent foiling James Bond, the few East German pulps from the 1950s, but not a whole lot others that I know of. There were certainly samizdat reprints of Western material, and lots of unauthorized, underground pastiches, like the endless Tarzan spin-offs and the many Gone With The Wind "sequels," but--as far as I know--not a whole lot published with the imprimatur of the state.
     "If I'm wrong, of course, I'd love to know about it, especially if you can give me the names of books or articles on the subject."

    OK. It seems to me if Poland had Lem in sf in this era and all those movies, it should have had mysteries, too. I'll ask my father-in-law. Jerzy Kosinski wrote the noirest short story I've ever read--I still get nightmares 20 years later--but that was after he learned English. I don't know if he published anything in Polish or, if so, what.


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