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Edited by Dobrota Pucherova and Robert Gafrik

This collective monograph analyzes post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe through the paradigm of postcoloniality. Based on the assumption that both Western and Soviet imperialism emerged from European modernity, the book is a contribution to the development of a global postcolonial discourse based on a more extensive and nuanced geohistorical comparativism. It suggests that the inclusion of East-Central Europe in European identity might help resolve postcolonialism’s difficulties in coming to terms with both postcolonial and neo-colonial dimensions of contemporary Europe. Analyzing post-communist identity reconstructions under the impact of transformative political, economic and cultural experiences such as changes in perception of time and space (landscapes, cityscapes), migration and displacement, collective memory and trauma, objectifying gaze, cultural self-colonization, and language as a form of power, the book facilitates a mutually productive dialogue between postcolonialism and post-communism. Together the studies map the rich terrain of contemporary East-Central European creative writing and visual art, the latter highlighted through accompanying illustrations.

Delia Ungureanu

’s lap. Americans can be shortsighted about Eastern and South Eastern Europe. For example, you can get a review that praises the book and the translation, but also asks why would we read about the communist era or about post-communist post-traumatic shock, since communism is over. I have read this very

The Battle of the Brands

Romanian Literature Limping through the World

Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu

communism, when the country was growing progressively isolated from both West and East, and hardly any translation from Romanian was made available abroad. The “culture” of nationalism amounted to little less than a hyphen between politics and popular religion, whose rhetorical celebrations aestheticized

Re-born Translated

The Tragic Labors of a Romanian Novel Trying to Get a Second Life

Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu

identity had become after three and a half decades of Communism, and the subsequent isolation from the rest of the free world. Significantly, Martin framed his book as a dialogue with one of the cornerstones of Romanian literary history: George Călinescu’s Istoria literaturii române de la origini până în

Anca Baicoianu

company about Transnistria, about the Initiation, about the war, and about Maria, the young peasant woman who was determined to join the Jews on their journey to death. Responding to their interest, he went on to talk about Communism and its ambiguities, and the ambiguities of exile. The mirrored door

Did Romania Move South?

Representations of Geocultural Identity

Oana Fotache

where empires and religions clashed for hundreds of years—all elements with a more powerful endurance and impact on the local cultures than Communism’s only recent history of half a century. The Eastern European paradigm remains valuable but lacks local specificity appropriate to Romania, and so I

John Duong Phan

, 1999. Lurie, D. Barnett. Realms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of Writing . Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011. McHale, S. Frederick. Print and Power: Confucianism, Communism, and Buddhism in the Making of Modern Vietnam . Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press

Delia Ungureanu and Thomas Pavel

the challenges of the present, as Anca Băicoianu argues in her essay on Norman Manea. A desire for international recognition has led some writers to write books designed for Western European audiences interested in a simplified, stereotypical version of Communism. Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu, editorial