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Polish book „Nierzeczywistosc” by Kazimierz Brandys published by the underground Independent Publishing House „NOWA” in the People’s Republic of Poland in Warsaw 1981. Nierzeczywistosc means:”Unreality”.
The first edition of this book is from 1977, and was the first book of the contemporary Polish writer Kazimierz Brandys. Published in the so-called second circulation. Nierzeczywistosc is the writer’s account of himself, Polishness and the People’s Republic of Poland in which he creates after all, he was involved in some way.
Underground publications (tissue paper, second circulation) – publications published in countries where censorship was in force (PRL, USSR, etc.). In Poland publications were published by the opposition as The Workers’ Defense Committee (KOR) and the Solidarity. These were non-debit publications, i.e. without being allowed to be distributed by the appropriate office (in Poland until 1989, it was the Publications and Performances Control Office), often ignoring copyright, confidentially distributed. They were published in circulation from a dozen or so copies to several or even tens of thousands of copies by illegal (“underground”) publishing houses or by private persons. The circulation of press and books, for example in the “NOWA”, rarely exceeded 4-5 thousand copies.
Due to militia persecution, espionage infiltration and the system of controlling the trade in paper, ink and printing presses in totalitarian countries, independent publishing houses never managed to achieve a large coverage, except for the Polish People’s Republic in the second half of the 1980s.