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How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    good book

    Very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Pre-1989 Life in Jugoslavia

    Basically, this book forms a sort of trilogy (with 'Balkan Express' and 'Cafe Europa') of life before, during, and after the demise of Jugoslavia. All three books are fascinating and enjoyable to read. As proof of her writing skills, the author possesses an ability to express the positive and the distasteful in the subjects she covers. Such ideas as why a refugee needs high-heeled shoes or a discussion of how easily a consummate politician like Tudjman escapes a confrontation are fascinating writing, and the author covers the subject, in depth, in very short, articulate essays. Anyone intersted in Jugoslavia or the formerly-communist world should read all three books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2002

    Catchy, eh?

    The majesty of this collection of Drakulic's essays lies in the author's ability to turn ordinary events into philosophical forums on government, society, and feminism. Many western authors have attempted to narrate the history of East Europeans under communism, and of those scholars many have succeeded. Yet personal experience underlies narratives with a stronger fiber; and Drakulic's birth and life in Croatia make her an eyewitness to circumstances of which many Westerners have no conception. Drakulic does not forget to include the smaller, rarely mentioned details of female life in the former Yugoslavia -- such as the type of stockings worn, the process of making soup, gossip around the kitchen table. She humanizes Eastern Europe, and in doing so documents a country that begins to break apart a year after the publishing date. Yet this is not 'dead' history -- former communist countries still struggle with the same issues they did a decade ago. This is so much more than a scholarly work -- it is lively, captivating, and thoroughly ravishing. I couldn't put it down.

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