Café Europa revisited : how to survive post-communism / Slavenka Drakulić.

Drakulić, Slavenka, 1949- [Browse]
[New York, New York] : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]
xviii, 234 pages ; 20 cm


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"An evocative and timely collection of essays that paints a portrait of Eastern Europe thirty years after the end of communism. An immigrant with a parrot in Stockholm, a photo of a girl in Lviv, a sculpture of Alexander the Great in Skopje, a memorial ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Soviet led army invasion of Prague: these are a few glimpses of life in Eastern Europe today. Three decades after the Velvet Revolution, Slavenka Drakulic, the author of Cafe Europa and A Guided Tour of the Museum Of Communism, takes a look at what has changed and what has remained the same in the region in her daring new essay collection. Totalitarianism did not die overnight and democracy did not completely transform Eastern European societies. Looking closely at artefacts and day to day life, from the health insurance cards to national monuments, and popular films to cultural habits, alongside pieces of growing nationalism and Brexit, these pieces of political reportage dive into the reality of a Europe still deeply divided"-- Provided by publisher.
Once upon a time in 1989 -- European food apartheid -- A sulky girl in Ukraine -- When Aunt Angela Met Donald Trump -- Prague 1968 : why communism is like a wool sweater -- Women, harassment, East, West -- Fueling fear -- The Republic of North Macedonia -- A parrot in Sweden, and other immigrant issues -- My favorite card -- Lost in transition -- The holocaust and memory theft -- The United States of Europe? -- The tune of the future -- My Brexit.
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