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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 Guided Tour through Kindle #180 Communism that showcase this author's tremendous talent.. 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 A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism An Interview with the Oldest Dog in Bucharest and The Cat Keeper in Warsaw told from the perspective of a mouse a dog and a cat respectivelyDrakulic s work is clever deep and well informed with a touch of whimsy Each story is engaging and the way in which they are told and the content which they express mould to become something uite profound In the first story for instance Drakulic writes the following Maybe the absence of individual stories is the best illustration of the fact that individualism was the biggest sin one could commit Informative powerful and rather different to many of the reflections on Communist rule which I have read to date Two Underdogs and a Cat is one of the most memorable books I have come across in uite a while Drakulic effectively demonstrates how far reaching Communism was and the effects which still remain today for ordinary people As she writes in An Interview with the Oldest Dog in Bucharest in a clear play on George Orwell s Animal Farm In the transition from Communism to capitalism all people are uneual but some are uneual than others

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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 Tour through ePUB #185 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 Croatia. Although often clever and poignant in its observations not only about the distorting dynamics of power in Eastern European communist states but also the gap in consciousness between those who lived through and those born after that era ie of experience and benign ignorance I didn t find this book as compelling as the others I ve read by Drakulic It seemed aimed at those with little to no familiarity with those Eastern bloc states but also written in a style that assumed that the allusions and satire would be understood The conceit of this book is the story of those states told from the perspective of various animals some of whom had intimate vantage points from which to observe the inanities of these socialist states andor those in charge of them eg Tito s parrot others who piece together the histories through indirect accounts or evidence eg a mole from the former East Berlin but all of whom wonder at the bizarre nature of human beings I found Drakulic s work appealing in the past because she shared directly personal stories of her own and from others that revealed the fundamental indignity and inhumanity that even the smallest aspects of life in those societies presented for those who lived in them In this book the focus seems to be on the elite and their perverse view of the world and themselves and the contortions and manipulations that this created Perhaps the 20 year distance from the collapse of communism left Drakulic with less direct material or at least enough that was left consciously or not unsmudged by time to write the kind of social critiues as she had before

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Has emerged as one of the most popular and respected critics of Communism to come out of A Guided eBook #239 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 cast of. 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 po

  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 European communist states but also the gap in consciousness between those who lived through and thos

  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 l

  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 spen

  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 BucarestGiving voice to mice and cats dogs and bears ravens and parrots with each animal talking

  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 of their limited point of view and power are always juxtaposed with the limitations and powerlessness of the people And there's a tone of regret and self blame A sense that they shou

  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

  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 certainly already know in detail Each story is about a different animal who explores the i

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