Cafe Europa

Cafe Europa

Life After Communism

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140277722
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free market economy and de jure democracy. But as Slavenka Drakulic observes, “in everyday life, the revolution consists much more of the small things—of sounds, looks and images.” In this brilliant work of political reportage, filtered through her own experience, we see that Europe remains a divided continent. In the place of the fallen Berlin Wall there is a chasm between East and West, consisting of the different way people continue to live and understand the world. Little bits—or intimations—of the West are gradually making their way east: boutiques carrying Levis and tiny food shops called “Supermarket” are multiplying on main boulevards. Despite the fact that Drakulic can find a Cafe Europa, complete with Viennese-style coffee and Western decor, in just about every Eastern European city, the acceptance of the East by the rest of Europe continues to prove much more elusive.

Table of Contents

Introduction: First-Person Singular
Café Europa
Invisible Walls Between Us
Why I Never Visited Moscow
In Zoe’s Bathroom
To Have and To Have Not
A Smile in Sofia
The Pillbox Effect
Money, and How to Get It
The Trouble With Sales

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