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My Century: The Odyssey of a Polish Intellectual
My Century
The Odyssey of a Polish Intellectual
Paperback      ISBN: 1590170652
In My Century the great Polish poet Aleksander Wat provides a spellbinding account of life in Eastern Europe in the midst of the terrible twentieth century. Based on interviews with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, My Century describes the artistic, sexual, and political experimentation --in which Wat was a major participant-- that followed the end of World War I: an explosion of talent and ideas which, he argues, in some ways helped to open the door to the destruction that the Nazis and Bolsheviks soon visited upon the world. But Wat's book is at heart a story of spiritual struggle and conversion. He tells of his separation during World War II from his wife and young son, of his confinement in the Soviet prison system, of the night when the sound of far-off laughter brought on a vision of "the devil in history." "It was then," Wat writes, "that I began to be a believer."
The Lithuanian Conspiracy and the Soviet Collapse: Investigation into a Political Demolition
The Lithuanian Conspiracy and the Soviet Collapse
Investigation into a Political Demolition
Paperback      ISBN: 0998694711
Through interviews with leading participants on both sides, Russian journalist Sapozhnikova reveals the conspiracy that led to the collapse of the 20th century's greatest experiment in social engineering, the Soviet Union, and what happened to the men and women who struggled to destroy or save it. The various "color" revolutions in eastern Europe during the 2000s were not merely supported and exploited by Western powers, she says, but were in fact US intelligence operations to establish compliant pro-US governments. It is a key to understanding processes taking place today in places like Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and elsewhere. Annotation
Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
Borderland
A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
Paperback      ISBN: 0813337925
Borderland tells the story of Ukraine. A thousand years ago it was the center of the first great Slav civilization, Kievan Rus. In 1240, the Mongols invaded from the east, and for the next seven centureies, Ukraine was split between warring neighbors: Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Austrians, and Tatars. Again and again, borderland turned into battlefield: during the Cossack risings of the seventeenth century, Russia’s wars with Sweden in the eighteenth, the Civil War of 1918–1920, and under Nazi occupation. Ukraine finally won independence in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bigger than France and a populous as Britain, it has the potential to become one of the most powerful states in Europe.In this finely written and penetrating book, Anna Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraine’s tragic past. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin’s famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Russian-speaking Donbass, from the Galician shtetlech to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the book explores Ukraine’s struggle to build itself a national identity, and identity that faces up to a bloody past, and embraces all the peoples within its borders.
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, And Broken Hearts
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, And Broken Hearts
Paperback      ISBN: 0316010731
Follows the misadventures of Budapest bank robber Attila Ambrus, who struggled in his pursuit of fast women and a haphazard career as an untalented hockey goaltender before taking up a life of crime, and profiles the virtually incompetent team of crime investigators assigned to his case. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
The Haunted Land
Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
Paperback      ISBN: 0679744991
Profiles the struggles of the people and leaders of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia as their nations endure the painful transition from dictatorship to democracy. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
A Witness to Genocide: The 1993 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Dispatches on the
A Witness to Genocide
The 1993 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Dispatches on the "Ethnic Cleansing" of Bosnia
Paperback      ISBN: 0020329954
A compilation of 1993 Pulitizer Prize-winning reports from the front lines of Bosnia, by a foreign correspondent for Newsday, provides firsthand evidence of the genocide perpetrated against Bosnia's Muslim population. Original.
An Armenian Sketchbook
An Armenian Sketchbook
Paperback      ISBN: 1590176189
An NYRB Classics Original Few writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote with terrifying clarity about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror Famine in the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, however, shows us a very different Grossman, notable for his tenderness, warmth, and sense of fun. After the Soviet government confiscated—or, as Grossman always put it, “arrested
A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy
A Lucky Child
A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy
Paperback      ISBN: 0316339180
A judge at the International Court in The Hague who was rescued from Auschwitz at the age of eleven presents the story of his extraordinary journey from the horrors of Nazism to an investigation of modern day genocide.
Yankel's Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland
Yankel's Tavern
Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland
Hardcover      ISBN: 019998851x
Awarded Honorable Mention for the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award In nineteenth-century Eastern Europe, the Jewish-run tavern was often the center of leisure, hospitality, business, and even religious festivities. This unusual situation came about because the nobles who owned taverns throughout the formerly Polish lands believed that only Jews were sober enough to run taverns profitably, a belief so ingrained as to endure even the rise of Hasidism's robust drinking culture. As liquor became the region's boom industry, Jewish tavernkeepers became integral to both local economies and local social life, presiding over Christian celebrations and dispensing advice, medical remedies and loans. Nevertheless, reformers and government officials, blaming Jewish tavernkeepers for epidemic peasant drunkenness, sought to drive Jews out of the liquor trade. Their efforts were particularly intense and sustained in the Kingdom of Poland, a semi-autonomous province of the Russian empire that was often treated as a laboratory for social and political change. Historians have assumed that this spelled the end of the Polish Jewish liquor trade. However, newly discovered archival sources demonstrate that many nobles helped their Jewish tavernkeepers evade fees, bans and expulsions by installing Christians as fronts for their taverns. The result-a vast underground Jewish liquor trade-reflects an impressive level of local Polish-Jewish co-existence that contrasts with the more familiar story of anti-Semitism and violence. By tapping into sources that reveal the lives of everyday Jews and Christians in the Kingdom of Poland, Yankel's Tavern transforms our understanding of the region during the tumultuous period of Polish uprisings and Jewish mystical revival.
Bosnia: A Short History
Bosnia
A Short History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0814755208
A comprehensive overview of the country from ancient times through the present, including the events leading to Bosnia's current state of political and ethnic upheaval