Multcolib My Librarian Karen S: When is a revolution not a revolution?
Annotation:Czech writer Ivan Klima painstakingly recalls what it was like for him and his countrymen after the Nazi were driven out by the Soviets Army and replaced by four decades of Communism.
Annotation:The Ukraine's Orange Revolution came later than most. The author traces the story of his family, who paid a high price for speaking out, in this captivating book about a treacherous but defining moment in European history.
Annotation:In November 2004 the people of Kiev, Ukraine, took to the streets in thousands, protesting a rigged presidential election. The traditionally silent country erupted and a revolution was born.
Annotation:These loosely connected short stories look at life in an East German town a year after the wall fell. Blackmail, nervous breakdowns and black humor still linger from the Soviet days.
Annotation:Alix's mom was in a coma when the wall fell--and surely if she finds out what happened, she'll have a heart attack. The laugh out loud comedy builds as deception adds to deception, but is this not also a parable about the changing times?
Annotation:Estonia has a custom of huge, community, choral gatherings. They used these to their advantage to out maneuver the Soviets. Watch this if only to see the scene of Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians holding hands across countries.
Annotation:White Raven By Stasiuk, Andrzej (Book - 2000) Available at one of my preferred locations Annotation: An Ukrainian author tells the tale of two Polish men completely at a loss after the fall of communism. Their road trip is as much about deep feelings and philosophy as survival.
Annotation:The Czechs formed a resistance movement before the Soviets invaded in 1968, so this one is a great piece of pre-Velvet history, where we can mourn what the Czechs and Slovaks lost.
Annotation:A British student unwittingly becomes embroiled in Romanian corruption and freedom fighting as the Soviets begin to lose power. Like the protagonist, we soon lose track of who might be blackmailing whom.
Annotation:In a small town near Bucharest, not only is it not clear what happened during the final days of dictator Ceaușescu, but if the old-timers who claim to have taken part in the events of 1990 were even there. Of course, there is the archival television footage...
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In 1989 the strong arm of the Soviet Republic became so weak that the Berlin Wall fell. Czechoslovakia had a "Velvet Revolution" and Estonia a "Singing Revolution." Yet the taste of Soviet life lingered on in many ways in the 1990s. Read and watch these tales and memoirs of resistance and corruption, flavored by the deep irony and absurd humor. Karen S