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Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free-market economy and de jure democracy.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. Are these differences a communist legacy, or do they run even deeper? What divides us today? To say simply that it is the understanding of the past, or a different concept of time, is not enough. But a visitor to this part of the world will soon discover that the Eastern Europeans live in another time zone. They live in the twentieth century, but at the same time they inhabit a past full of myths and fairy tales, of blood and national belonging.

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Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free market economy and de jure democracy.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.

About the Author

Slavenka Drakulic was born in Croatia in 1949. The author of several works of nonfiction and novels, she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, and numerous publications around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: First-Person Singular

Café Europa

Invisible Walls Between Us

Why I Never Visited Moscow

In Zoe's Bathroom

To Have and To Have Not

A Smile in Sofia

The Pillbox Effect

Money, and How to Get It

The Trouble With Sales

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140277722
Author:
Drakulic, Slavenka
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Former Soviet republics
Subject:
Post-communism
Subject:
Europe, Eastern Politics and government 1989-
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Government - International
Subject:
Post-communism -- Europe, Eastern.
Subject:
Europe, Eastern Politics and government.
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.88x5.06x.56 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Europe » Eastern Europe » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
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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.
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