Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free market. Cafe Europa: Life After Communism. Slavenka Drakulic, Author W. W. Norton & Company $21 (0p) ISBN Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free-market economy and de jure.

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The essays in this collection are remarkable in part because of her mastery of the everyday reality of war, a friend arriving for dinner with a dtakulic of all her documents, some biscuits and a bottle of water — for drakuliv, as instructed by the Territorial Defense Authority. Some of the essays in “Cafe Europa” — drakuliv a piece on Ms.

With a pretense of normality, she buys bread, fruit, milk. The Square of Victims of Fascism has been renamed the Square of Croatia’s Great Men, she reports, and a couple years ago the Commission for the Renaming of Streets even considered changing a square named after Tito to one named after the wartime pro-Nazi leader Ante Paveli.

A central theme — which will be familiar to readers of Ms.

Cafe Europa, Life After Communism | Slavenka Drakulić

Uploaded by AngelaC-loader on November 5, See also WorldCat this item. Worldcat source edition Drakulic, it means learning to say “I” instead of “we,” to embrace the idea of individual responsibility, be it demanding higher standards of cleanliness in public toilets or protesting arbitrary government decisions. For years, she adds, the residents of Eastern Europe dreamed about the West, dreamed about becoming a part of the Europe that enjoyed freedom and democracy and consumer goods.

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In all of them, however, the voice is conversational; the tone, impassioned; the point of view, unabashedly subjective. Are these measurements of how long the war is going to last? There were some very able Western reporters, like Laura Silber and Alan Little, who were close to their subject, and some Central Europeans available euripa translation. The idea then has to become part of everyday life. 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.


And a euuropa about a recipe for Eurlpa sarma minced meat and seasoning wrapped in sauerkraut turns into a lament for the shattered dream of pluralism, destroyed by the war. In the place of the fallen Berlin Wall, there is a chasm between East and West, consisting of the different way care continue to live and understand the world.

Then the rules change, rules of behavior, of language, of expectations…”.

Cafe Europa, Life After Communism

In this image, Ms. Because for us, the people from the Balkans, the biggest fear is to be left alone with each other.

The difficulty of buying a new vacuum cleaner becomes a lesson in the absurdities of Croatian bureaucracy and the resignation evinced by Croatian citizens.

Not only will that not come automatically with the new political changes, but I am afraid that it will also euroap longer than any political or economic developments. But through all this, Croatian expatriate writer Slavenka Drakulic stood nearly alone in being so truly a part of both worlds. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Some of this I experienced first hand in Slovakia in — making her observations like the opening of hidden doors in the house of my memory, each leading to vast rooms that I may have dimly sensed but now enter, fascinated.

They live in the twentieth century, but at the same time they inhabit a past full of myths and fairy tales, of blood and national belonging. We need to accept our eeuropa towards both others and ourselves. She observes that the new Government of Croatia has begun to erase its Communist past, while re-embracing the period of independence, without coming to terms with the fascist crimes committed during that era.


And the Hall of Mirrors quality of the re-“Balkanized” world, where going from Buzet to Trieste, you had to show your passport four times in the course of a journey that took an hour and a half “People from the Three Borders”.

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As a result, you don’t invest, build or save in the name of the future. In Vienna, even today, a Kaffeehaus is a part of life, a place where people go to meet friends, to read or write, have a meeting or do a little work, a place where you can go to spend unhurried time, where one cup of coffee buys you a table for as long as you want to stay.

In suropa early years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was very little insider reporting available to English-speaking readers about life in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

When these two collections were written, Drakulic was dividing her time between Sweden, Croatia and Vienna, and the sensibility of this city is infused in much of her writing — for example, the idea of the Viennese coffee house. Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! The book not only helps to illuminate the political and social problems facing much of Eastern Europe, but also sheds new light on the daily life of its residents, their emotional habits, fears and dreams.

And then, when she gets home, calls her mother. What divides us today? Upon returning home to Croatia, after spending some time in America, the Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic noticed something she had never noticed before: