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How We Survived Communism & Even Laughed

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Slavenka Drakulic

How We Survived Communism & Even Laughed

Editura: Harper Perennial

Anul aparitiei: 1993

This essay collection from renowned journalist and novelist Slavenka Drakulic, which quickly became a modern (and feminist) classic, draws back the Iron Curtain for a glimpse at the lives of Eastern European women under Communist regimes. Provocative, often witty, and always intensely personal, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed cracks open a paradoxical world that through its rejection of capitalism and commoditization ends up fetishizing both. Examining the relationship between material goods and expressions of happiness and individuality in a society where even bananas were an alien luxury, Drakulic homes in on the eradication of female identity, drawing on her own experiences as well as broader cultural observations. Enforced communal housing that allowed for little privacy, the banishment of many time-saving devices, and a focus on manual labor left no room for such bourgeois affectations as cosmetics or clothes, but Drakulic's remarkable exploration of the reality behind the rhetoric reveals that women still went to desperate lengths to feel "feminine." How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed also chronicles the lingering consequences of such regimes. The Berlin ...

  

Cafe Europa: Life After Communism

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Slavenka Drakulic

Cafe Europa: Life After Communism

Editura: Penguin Books

Anul aparitiei: 1999

Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free market economy and de jure democracy. But as Slavenka Drakulic observes, "in everyday life, the revolution consists much more of the small things--of sounds, looks and images." In this brilliant work of political reportage, filtered through her own experience, we see that Europe remains a divided continent. In the place of the fallen Berlin Wall there is a chasm between East and West, consisting of the different way people continue to live and understand the world. Little bits--or intimations--of the West are gradually making their way east: boutiques carrying Levis and tiny food shops called "Supermarket" are multiplying on main boulevards. Despite the fact that Drakulic can find a Cafe Europa, complete with Viennese-style coffee and Western decor, in just about every Eastern European city, the acceptance of the East by the rest of Europe continues to prove much more elusive.

  

S.: A Novel about the Balkans

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Slavenka Drakulic

S.: A Novel about the Balkans

Editura: Penguin Books

Anul aparitiei: 2001

" S. may very well be one of the strongest books about war you will ever read. . . .The writing is taut, precise, and masterful." Set in 1992, during the height of the Bosnian war, S. reveals one of the most horrifying aspects of any war: the rape and torture of civilian women by occupying forces. S. is the story of a Bosnian woman in exile who has just given birth to an unwanted child--one without a country, a name, a father, or a language. Its birth only reminds her of an even more grueling experience: being repeatedly raped by Serbian soldiers in the "women's room" of a prison camp. Through a series of flashbacks, S. relives the unspeakable crimes she has endured, and in telling her story--timely, strangely compelling, and ultimately about survival--depicts the darkest side of human nature during wartime.

  

A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism:

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Slavenka Drakulic

A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism: Fables from a Mouse, a Parrot, a Bear, a Cat, a Mole, a Pig, a Dog, and a Raven

Editura: Penguin Books

Anul aparitiei: 2011

A wry, cutting deconstruction of the Communist empire by one of Eastern Europe's exceptional authors. Called "a perceptive and amusing social critic, with a wonderful eye for detail" by The Washington Post, Slavenka Drakulic-a native of Croatia-has emerged as one of the most popular and respected critics of Communism to come out of the former Eastern Bloc. In A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism, she offers a eight-part exploration of Communism by way of an unusual cast of narrators, each from a different country, who reflect on the fall of Communism. Together they constitute an Orwellian send-up of absurdities during the final years of European Communism that showcase this author's tremendous talent.

  

They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on

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They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in the Hague

Editura: PENGUIN GROUP

Anul aparitiei: 2005

"Who were they? Ordinary people like you or me--or monsters?" asks internationally acclaimed author Slavenka Drakulic as she sets out to understand the people behind the horrific crimes committed during the war that tore apart Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Drawing on firsthand observations of the trials, as well as on other sources, Drakulic portrays some of the individuals accused of murder, rape, torture, ordering executions, and more during one of the most brutal conflicts in Europe in the twentieth century, including former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic; Radislav Krstic, the first to be sentenced for genocide; Biljana Plavsic, the only woman accused of war crimes; and Ratko Mladic, now in hiding. With clarity and emotion, Drakulic paints a wrenching portrait of a country needlessly torn apart.

  

Frida's Bed

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Frida's Bed

Editura: PENGUIN GROUP

Anul aparitiei: 2008

A beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo's life A few days before Frida Kahlo's death in 1954, she wrote in her diary, ?I hope the exit is joyful?and I hope never to return.? Diagnosed with polio at the age of six and plagued by illness and injury throughout her life, Kahlo's chronic pain was a recurrent theme in her extraordinary art. In Frida's Bed, Slavenka Drakulic explores the inner life of one of the world's most influential female artists, skillfully weaving Frida's memories into descriptions of her paintings, producing a meditation on the nature of chronic pain and creativity. With an intriguing subject whose unusual life continues to fascinate, this poignant imagining of Kahlo's thoughts during her final hours by another daringly original and uncompromising creative talent will attract readers of literary fiction and art lovers alike.

  

Marble Skin

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Slavenka Drakulic (Author)

Marble Skin

Editura: W W NORTON & CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 1994

  

The Balkan Express

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Slavenka Drakulic (Author)

The Balkan Express

Editura: W W NORTON & CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 1993

  

No Matarian Ni Una Mosca: Criminales de Guerra En

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No Matarian Ni Una Mosca: Criminales de Guerra En El Banquillo

Editura: GLOBAL RHYTHM PR

Anul aparitiei: 2008

The author attempts to understand the motivations and morality of those who perpetrated unspeakable

  

Two Underdogs and a Cat: Three Reflections on

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Two Underdogs and a Cat: Three Reflections on Communism

Editura: UNIV OF TORONTO PR

Anul aparitiei: 2009

Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic here presents an unorthodox, imaginative take on the transition from Communism to capitalism in the former Soviet Union. Three characters--a dog, an underdog, and a cat--offer the reader narratives that reflect on life under Communism and what has followed in its wake.The first, "An Interview with the Oldest Dog in Bucharest," is about a dog named Charlie, whose mother, Mimi, together with thousands of other pets, was thrown out into the street during the Ceausescu regime. In this interview, Charlie describes how not only people but animals, too, became victims during the destruction of downtown neighborhoods in Bucharest in order to build a pyramid-like "Palace of the People." In "A Guided Tour of the Museum of Communism," a 60-year-old souvenir vendor-cum-cleaning woman in Prague reflects upon the meaning of such a museum and concludes wryly that she herself is possibly the Museum's best exhibit. Finally, "A Cat-keeper in Warsaw" describes an encounter with a person "of feline origin" who claims to be in possession of the cat-keeper called "General"--who declared martial law in Poland on December 13, 1981.The three stories are unified by ...

  

Slavenka Drakulic

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Slavenka Drakulic

Editura: LIGHTNING SOURCE INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

People being transported to slave markets. Women become victims of barbaric rape. Men are taken to unknown destinations. Helpless and abandoned. From somewhere, sounds of gunfire are heard. The smell of death permeates the novel. Characters in the book, women fix their eyes on the floor or shut their eyes in protest against reality. A plot that shakes man's mental makeup, and preys on its conscience. No other work has sensed so intensely the mind of women against the backdrop of war. Translation: Thomas George.

  
 
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