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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.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Mireille Fanon Mendès France, Jeong Eun Annabel We and Zandisiwe Radebe

Conference are also important references. For Mignolo, the “spirit of the Bandung Conference showed that there is a horizon to explore beyond capitalism and communism: decolonization” ( Mignolo 2011 : 13). He finds delinking, a key aspect of decoloniality, in the Bandung conference, as a geopolitical

Jeong Eun Annabel We

perspective of recruiting the formerly colonized countries into the folds of anti-communism ( Fitzgerald 1955 , 118–119). Other commentators saw the need to critically reassess the present through the conference’s initial outlook. For the thirty-year retrospective on the Bandung conference in 1985, one Indian

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

nationalism, they had common roots in resisting colonialism. It would seem that beginning with the Bandung Conference, the anti-colonial movements in Africa and Asia were clear about the Cold War coloniality’s snares, and hence they declared that they were neither for capitalism nor communism but for

Robbie Shilliam

protagonists of Native Son , he conceived Bigger Thomas as “an American product, a native son of this land, [who] carried within him the potentialities of either Communism or Fascism” ( Wright 1970 ). Wright further explained that the dispossession and disenfranchisement experienced by Bigger produced a