An underground press.
A system by which manuscripts denied official publication in the Soviet Union were circulated clandestinely as in typescript or in mimeograph form, or were smuggled out for publication abroad.
Manuscripts distributed in this way.
Origin of samizdat
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 1967, From Russian самиздат (samizdát, “self-publishing"), from сам (sam, “self") + издат (izdát), abbrev. of издательство (izdátel'stvo, “publishing house"). Compare Russian Госиздат (Gosizdát, “State Publisher").