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Café Europa

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349107295

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 10th October 1996

Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Sociology & Anthropology

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Europe is still a divided continent. In the place of a fallen Berlin wall, there is a chasm between the East and the West. Are these differences a communist legacy, or do they run even deeper? What divides us today? To say simply that it is the understanding of the past, or a different concept of time, is not enough. But a visitor to this part of the world will soon discover that we, the Eastern Europeans, live in another time zone. We live in the twentieth century, but at the same time we inhabit a past full of myths and fairy tales, of blood and national belonging, and the fact that most people are lying and cheating or that they have the habit of blaming others for every failure…’
An intimate tour of life on the streets of Budapest, Tirana, Warsaw and Zagreb, as those cities continue to acclimatise to the post-Communist thaw, Café Europa does not provide easy solutions or furnish political pallatives. Rather as a Croatian with a viewpoint of ever-widening relevance, the value of Slavenka Drakulic’s wry and humane observations lie in the emotional force of their honesty and the clarity of their insight…..

Reviews

Slavenka Drakulic is a writer of great sensitivity, intelligence and grace.
ALICE WALKER
Her writing has the spare poetry of Marguerite Duras.
GUARDIAN
A formidable writer.
SUNDAY TIMES
Slavenka Drakulic is a journalist and writer whose voice belongs to the world.
GLORIA STEINEM