By Slavenka Drakulic
A wry, slicing deconstruction of the Communist empire by way of one in all jap Europe's unparalleled authors.
Called "a perceptive and fun social critic, with a superb eye for detail" by way of The Washington put up, Slavenka Drakulic—a local of Croatia—has emerged as essentially the most renowned and revered critics of Communism to return out of the previous japanese Bloc. In A Guided travel in the course of the Museum of Communism, she deals a eight-part exploration of Communism when it comes to an strange solid of narrators, every one from a unique nation, who think about the autumn of Communism. jointly they represent an Orwellian send-up of absurdities in the course of the ultimate years of ecu Communism that show off this author's super expertise.
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A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism: Fables from a Mouse, a Parrot, a Bear, a Cat, a Mole, a Pig, a Dog, and a Raven by Slavenka Drakulic