Tag Archives: Communism

Book Review: The Accusation

The Accusation Bandi English translation of 2014 Korean original by Deborah Smith, Grove, 2017 Subtitled “Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea”  the bright propaganda poster cover certainly drew my attention whilst browsing Elliott Bay Books, and a few glances inside … Continue reading

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Book Review: Comrades – Portraits of Soviet Life

Comrades Portraits of Soviet Life Bookbinder, Alan; Lichtenstein, Olivia;  Denton, Richard Plume, 1985 Basically a book of life sketches within the USSR of the mid 80’s.  With the exception of the 18 year old about to turn into a soldier, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Leben in Preußen

Leben in Preußen Noa, Wolfgang 1983, Aufbau Verlag, Berlin This was one of four East German books selected by S. for me in a second-hand bookshop in Berlin and sent hand by hand via a chain of personal acquaintances from … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jahrgang 1934

Jahrgang 1934 Kirsch, Hans-Christian Verlag Herder, Freiburg, 1964 This book chronicles the development of possibly the most damaged generation in modern history, the Germans born in 1934.  The 14 stories, based loosely around the life of “Ken,” are individually very … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ingrid Babendererde

Ingrid Babendererde / Reifeprüfung 1953 Johnson, Uwe Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt a. M., 1985 Ingrid, Klaus, and Jürgen, early summer, 1953, in a small city in Mecklenburg.  Three friends, top students all, in the final days before their Abi with thoughts … Continue reading

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Book Review: Naked Earth

Chang, Eileen New York Review Books, 2015 edition of 1958 original A group of young party activists descend on a small village in rural China to assist with Land Reform in the wake of the revolution.  For most it is … Continue reading

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Book Review – To the Storm

To the Storm Daiyun, Yue with Wakema, Carolyn University of California Press, 1985 Subtitled “The Odyssey of a Revolutionary Chinese Woman” this marvel of a find at Half Price Books outlet (first paperback edition from 1987, in perfectly new condition) … Continue reading

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