Author To Publish Unknown ‘Swift’ Text
Published: August 12, 2005 (Issue # 1095)
Previously unpublished erotic passages that where cut out of the first edition of “Gulliver’s Travels” in 1726 are being released in Russia this week, a St. Petersburg publisher says.
Neonilla Samukhina, head of the city’s Soitology Institute, has previously published illustrated works on sex in the office, outdoor sex and a prize-winning edition of the Decameron.
Her “The Erotic Adventures of Lemuel Gulliver,” will be released in Moscow bookstores over this weekend.
The book features the hero of 18th century Irish author Jonathan Swift’s famous satire in physical encounters with tiny Lilliputs — who are only 15 centimeters tall — and in Brobdingnag, which is inhabited by 20-meter giants.
Experts say the work is likely a fake.
Samukhina denies having commissioned the work herself, but admits to not being an expert and that she could be deceived.
The book launch has echoes of the fake Hitler diaries scandal and of the issuing of a new Harry Potter tome.
Samukhina says the work is a translation of original material written by Swift. Its foreword contains an angry complaint purportedly written by the satirist about the mayhem inflicted on his work by the removal of the erotic passages, which were an integral part of the original work.
Samukhina said she had bought the work at great expense, had gone to great lengths to ensure its veracity, and fears that it could be stolen. The manuscript on which the erotic adventures is based is locked in a Geneva bank vault and no copies exist, she said.
Copyright has expired on the work and if she were to print it in English, everyone could copy it to her financial loss, she added.
She intends to donate the manuscript to Britain’s Albert and Victoria Museum, which houses the first edition of “Gulliver’s Travels” of 1726 with Swift’s own corrections, in 20 years, after her expenses for buying the manuscript, paying for professional examinations and storage are recovered.
She is especially wary of showing it in Russia, which has a notorious reputation when it comes to intellectual property. Despite taking measures to maintain secrecy when it was published, news of the work and copies of some pages had leaked out before the launch, she said.
“There is no confidentiality in this country,” she added. Pages:  [2 ] [3 ]