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The author of the book: Marci Shore
ISBN: 0307888827
ISBN 13: 9780307888822
Language: English
Edition: Broadway Books
Date of issue: January 21st 2014
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A shimmering literary examination of the ghost of communism, a haunting presence of Europe's past
 
   Oskar has just killed himself. After waiting a quarter century, he returned to Prague only to find it was no longer his home. With his memorial service, Yale historian and prize-winning author Marci Shore leads us gently into the post-totalitarian world. We meet a professor of literature who as a child played chess with the extortionist who had come to deliver him to the Gestapo and an elderly Trotskyite whose deformed finger is a memento of seventeen years in the Soviet gulag. Parents who had denounced their teenage dissident daughter to the communist secret police plead for understanding. For all of these people, the fall of Communism has not ended history but rather summoned the past: rebellion in 1968, Stalinism, the Second World War, the Holocaust. The revolutions of 1989 opened the archives, illuminating the tragedy of twentieth-century Eastern Europe: there were moments in which no decisions were innocent, in which all possible choices caused suffering.
   As the author reads pages in the lives of others, she reveals the intertwining of the personal and the political, of love and cruelty, of intimacy and betrayal. The result is a lyrical, touching, and sometimes heartbreaking portrayal of how history moves and what history means.


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Ebook The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe read Online! American associate professor of intellectual history at Yale University. She specializes in the history of literary and political engagement with Marxism and phenomenology. Shore is the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918–1968, a milieu biography of Polish and Polish-Jewish writers drawn to Marxism in the twentieth century, of The Taste of Ashes, a study of the presence of the communist and Nazi past in today's Eastern Europe, and the translator of Michal Glowinski's Holocaust memoir, The Black Seasons. Shore married Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale, in 2005.


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