The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts after Communism

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning look at the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

Telling unforgettable stories of human lives caught up in the storm of political change, this is an award-winning journalist's brilliantly-written look at four Eastern European nations as they wrestle with the crimes and everyday complicities of their Communist past.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Tina Rosenberg has traveled around the ruins of a fallen empire and she has returned with astonishing tales of human memory and struggle. The Haunted Land is the best portrait of post-imperial Eastern Europe around."—David Remnick, author of Lenin's Tomb

"Brilliant and impassioned... The definitive account of what the transition away from communism in Eastern Europe has meant in moral terms."—David Rieff, Los Angeles Times Book Review

New York Times Books of the Century
The portraits drawn by this compassionate reporter make one feel the fear weighing on people as they try to rebuild, along with the treacherous sense of comfort that entices many to evade personal responsibility for letting tyranny succeed as long as it did.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
MacArthur fellow Rosenberg's National Book Award-winning look at the uneasy transition from communism in eastern Europe. June
New York Times Books of the Century
The portraits drawn by this compassionate reporter make one feel the fear weighing on people as they try to rebuild, along with the treacherous sense of comfort that entices many to evade personal responsibility for letting tyranny succeed as long as it did.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679744993
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 505,013
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Rosenberg
Tina Rosenberg

Tina Rosenberg, the winner of a MacArthur grant, is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a former member of the Times editorial board. Her book The Haunted Land won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Czechoslovakia
1 Enemy of the People 3
2 Bureaucracy of Spies 43
3 We Are Not Like Them 67
Pt. 2 Poland
4 The Dark Glasses 125
5 The Lesser Evil 178
6 The Prisoner 223
Pt. 3 Germany
7 Watchful and Decisive in the Struggle 261
8 Official Exorcism 306
9 The Conversation 356
Haunted Lands 395
Glossary of Names 409
Acknowledgments 419
Selected Bibliography 421
Index 427
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