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Café Europa Revisited : How to Survive Post-Communism Drakulić, Slavenka


This event in the Sawchen Lecture Series featured Slavenka Drakulić in conversation with Professor emeritus Peter Stenberg, moderated by Dr. Markus Hallensleben. Slavenka Drakulić read from her newly translated book, 'Café Europa Revisited: How to Survive Post-Communism' (2021), followed by a discussion of actual political events in Central and Eastern Europe. The volume is an “evocative and timely collection of essays that paints a portrait of Eastern Europe thirty years after the end of communism. An immigrant with a parrot in Stockholm, a photo of a girl in Lviv, a sculpture of Alexander the Great in Skopje, a memorial ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Soviet-led army invasion of Prague: these are a few glimpses of life in Eastern Europe today. Three decades after the Velvet Revolution, Drakulić takes a look at what has changed and what has remained the same in the region in her daring new essay collection.” This talk was co-organized by the UBC CMS Research Narratives Group.

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