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Cafe Europa: Life After Communism - Slavenka Drakulić
Cafe Europa: Life After Communism
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Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free market economy and de jure democracy.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... show more
Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free market economy and de jure democracy.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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140277722 (0140277722)
ASIN: 140277722
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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Reading this collection of reportage, reflections, and commentaries of someone who had lived in a communist country which, after 1990, opted for democracy --- and war ---- put me on the road to Memory Lane.The euphoria of 1989 which culminated in the fall of the Berlin Wall and celebrations from Pra...
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