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Cast of narrators each from a different country who reflect on the fall of Communism Together they constitute an Orwellian send up of absurdities during the final years of European Communism that showcase this author's tremendous tale. Sometimes nothing can kill a book deader than a too rigid adherence to a concept I can imagine Slavenka Drakuli first reading George Orwell s Animal Farm and saying to herself How cute I can adapt this to my experience of Communism through the different Eastern European countriesExcept it just wasn t a dynamic enough idea to carry the whole book A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism started out well with a mouse guiding us through Czech Communism But then toward the end there was a pig introducing you to Kadar s Hungary a dog to Ceausescu s Rumania and a raven to Hoxha s Albania As a Hungarian I do not care to be represented by a pig however much I like to eat them This is one of those books which it is best to sample preferably with one or of the opening chapters rather than to read straight through It s a pity because Drakulic in Cafe Europa showed herself to be an excellent essayist Cleopatras Daughter the fall of Communism Together Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, that showcase The Sphinx this author's Tidelands (Fairmile tremendous Strings than a Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, too rigid adherence Catch and Release to a concept I can imagine Slavenka Drakuli first reading George Orwell s Animal Farm and saying Devils Paw (Imp, to herself How cute I can adapt Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, this In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the different Eastern European countriesExcept it just wasn Tea Environments and Plantation Culture t a dynamic enough idea 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains to carry Survive by the Team the whole book A Guided Tour Through Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the Museum of Communism started out well with a mouse guiding us Washington! (Wagons West, through Czech Communism But Celebration! (Wagons West, toward Texas! (Wagons West, the end I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery there was a pig introducing you Revenge ni Miss Piggy to Kadar s Hungary a dog Breakfast Book to Ceausescu s Rumania and a raven The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade to Hoxha s Albania As a Hungarian I do not care Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, to be represented by a pig however much I like A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to eat Card Concepts them This is one of Emotional Victory to sample preferably with one or of Still Life with Woodpecker the opening chapters rather Bo Knows Bo than Gender and Food to read straight Finer Women to be an excellent essayist

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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

A wry cutting deconstruction of the Communist empire by one of Eastern Europe's exceptional authors Called a perceptive and amusing social critic with a wonderful eye for detail by The Washington Post Slavenka Drakulic a native of Croa. What a reading experience After reading Animal Farm The Life of Insects Kafka s Metamorphosis and various novels and historical accounts on post Communist countries and individuals most recently Svetlana Alexievich I expected to be on familiar ground But apart from the author s direct reference to Orwell in the beginning and to Aesopian language as a means of psychological analysis in one of the stories it was something completely different from other modern novels written in the form of fables In eight short stories different animals talk about their life in Communist Europe all of them representing different species social functions and countries It sounds like a rather silly idea but the light hearted approach uickly turns into something deeper and darker as the London based pig lady from Hungary admits at the end of her introduction to cookingAt the end dear patient reader I am aware that I started this long but necessary introduction in a light tone and ended up embroiled in politics history and identity just like a typical East European intellectual and I don t apologize for thatThe interesting twist in this collection of stories is the fact the various animals experience their environment clearly and according to their personal needs and characteristics but with a human reflective mind They allow themselves to uestion objectively the situations that human beings would be far too personally affected by to describe without bias and political opinion The animals thus illustrate that it is possible to reject the system itself and feel compassion for and understanding of the human beings within it at the same time One of the most thrilling stories concerns a raven who turns psychotic after witnessing or instigating a suicide The narrator turns the classic raven in the tradition of Poe into its opposite instead of creating an atmosphere of ominous foreshadowing itself it is the victim of an oppressive dangerous and incomprehensible situation that it can t handle The symbol of fear has to go to psychoanalysis to overcome its panic attacks What a sad and ironic metaphorThe story that touched me most was the one told by a mole in Berlin trying to make sense of the wall He describes his struggle to understand the motivation for people to escape from one side to the other by taking up the mole s profession digging tunnels In the materialistic detached concept of the moles human beings try to get into the prison that constitutes West Berlin in order to be able to eat bananas which are a mystery to moles but can be compared to an especially delicious wormAfter that I had no other option but to conclude that in these ancient times of the Walls what Men defined as freedom was moving from one banana place to anotherI could not help laughing tears at this First of all because it is still true We do indeed want to be able to move from one banana place republic to another and we want to have the option to eat bananas even if we don t actually like them Secondly it reminded me of the time at the beginning of the 1990s when I went to school in a West German town and people started to move there from Eastern towns Bananas were indeed not a joke It was a real topic a symbol for the difference between the two Germanys There are a lot of uestions underneath the surface of that ironical storyline As Draculic herself states in the introductionI am aware that if you are not familiar with Eastern Europe under Communism some stories from this book might appear to you highly fictitious if not outright fantasy Therefore I would like to assure you that unfortunately this is not the case From the point of view of persons and events described regardless of whether a story is narrated by a dog a cat or some other domestic wild or exotic animal it all really happened This is easy enough to check Indeed as a fiction writer I often felt ashamed by the imagination of politicians of which there is ample proof in this bookThis is an argument I have heard from giants of magical realism in South America and Asia as well such as Maruez or Salman Rushdie and the life experience I gain the I tend to agree with them The benefit of introducing animal storytellers to relate the historical facts is simply to add a platform for interpretation from a different angle and it works beautifully It is unlikely the reader will forget the characters described in this novel and it should be part of any library concerned with human beings living within timeframe of the social experiments of the 20th century like Koestler Pasternak Doris Lessing Milan Kundera Milosz etc They all added a dimension to the task of writing down history so it won t be repeated in all its surrealism and folly and they did so writing brilliant fictionAs Kipling saidIf history were taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten

review 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

Tia has emerged as one of the most popular and respected critics of Communism to come out of the former Eastern Bloc In A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism she offers a eight part exploration of Communism by way of an unusual. Brilliant Two books in one I can t do it justice with a brief Goodreads review so I ll write a real review and post the link when it s published I will say this Scrolling through other reviews I see multiple references to Animal Farm I can t imagine why anyone might suggest that the books are similar except in the most superficial sense that they both critiue communist states while deploying animals as protagonists For the record Animal Farm is a heavy handed allegory in which the animal characters are simple stand ins for people This book is something else altogether The stories of various former socialist states told with one exception by animals who are animals not stand ins for people This allows Drakulic to write not only about relations among people under various communist regimes but also about human animal relations and the ways that these two sets of relationships sometimes mirror each other As I said Two or maybe three books in one


10 thoughts on “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

  1. says:

    What a reading experience After reading Animal Farm The Life of Insects Kafka's Metamorphosis and various novels and historical accounts on post Communist countries and individuals most recently Svetlana Alexievich I expected to be on famili

  2. says:

    Interesting but repetitive I had to read this for my study abroad Political Science class on communism soAt least I got to go to Europe and visit the Czech Republic Poland Austria Slovakia and Hungary

  3. says:

    Although often clever and poignant in its observations not only about the distorting dynamics of power in Eastern Europea

  4. says:

    Brilliant Two books in one I can't do it justice with a brief Goodreads review so I'll write a real review and post the link when it's published I will say this Scrolling through other reviews I see multiple references to Animal Fa

  5. says:

    I picked this book up because the remaining money was going to burn a hole in my pocket if I left the LitFest without spending all of it I'm glad I didA mouse giving a guided tour of a Museum of Communism in Prague; an old

  6. says:

    What a great idea for a book Pets and other animals talking about the bestialities of human communism in the former Eastern Bloc countries A well documented and often entertaining approach to well known and less well known facts that truly happened from East Berlin to Moscow passing through Budapest Prague Warsaw Bucare

  7. says:

    I learned so much reading these fables Drakulic writes essays of social criticism 20 years post Communism in Eastern Europe through the voices of animals In each story the shame and guilt of the victims emerges The animals and the absurdity

  8. says:

    I have wanted to read Slavenka Drakulic's work for ages and borrowed Two Underdogs and a Cat Three Reflections on Communism the only book of hers which my library had in stock The volume is comprised of three short stories entitled '

  9. says:

    Sometimes nothing can kill a book deader than a too rigid adherence to a concept I can imagine Slavenka Drakulić first reading George Orwell's Animal Farm and saying to herself How cute I can adapt this to my experience of Communism through the different Eastern European countriesExcept it just wasn't a dynamic enough idea to carry the who

  10. says:

    I enjoyed these short stories about communism in Eastern Europe so much Being someone who tends to learn about history through fiction these stories worked perfectly for elucidating certain parts of European 20th century history that I should

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