By Slavenka Drakulic
A wry, slicing deconstruction of the Communist empire by way of one in all japanese Europe's extraordinary authors.
Called "a perceptive and a laugh social critic, with a superb eye for detail" through The Washington put up, Slavenka Drakulic—a local of Croatia—has emerged as essentially the most renowned and revered critics of Communism to come back out of the previous japanese Bloc. In A Guided journey throughout the Museum of Communism, she bargains a eight-part exploration of Communism when it comes to an strange forged of narrators, each one from a special state, who examine the autumn of Communism. jointly they represent an Orwellian send-up of absurdities throughout the ultimate years of ecu Communism that show off this author's super expertise.
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