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Hailed by feminists as one of the most important contributions to women's studies in the last decade, this gripping, beautifully written account describes the daily struggles of women under the Marxist regime in the former republic of Yugoslavia.
Paperback, 197 pages
Published April 9th 1993 by Harper Perennial (first published 1987)
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Parastoo
آنچنان جزئیات زندگی روزمره را در کشورهای اروپای شرقی ملموس نوشته که بارها و بارها هیجانزده شدم و با خودم گفتم: حتی از بهترین وبلاگهای فارسی هم بهتر است. بسیار خواندنی است و شباهت روایتها با دهههای و شمسی ایران و مخصوصاً فرهنگ مصرف ما در آن سالها باورنکردنی است ...more
لیلی
درباره این کتاب، من حتی نمیدونم به چی دقیقا باید امتیاز بدم... یعنی به اسم خیلی خوب ش، که واقعا کشش بی نهایتی در آدم ایجاد میکنه، یا مثلا به شیوه ی نگارش فوق العاده ش، که دقیقا همون میزان روان بودن و در عین حال احساساتی بودنی رو داره که من دوست دارم، یا به محتوا ش، و همه ی چیز هایی که الان درباره ی کمونیسم بلدم و تا الان هیچ ایده ای راجع بشون نداشتم...
فکر میکنم برای مجموع این چیزا، که هیچی، تا ستاره م کمه:دی
+یه چیزی که خیلی برام جالب بود، شباهت های زندگی کمونیست ها با الان ما بود:)) مثلا دربار
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Arman Mohammadi yazdi
عالي! عالي! عجب كتابي بود!
چنان عواطف فراموش شده يا دور مانده از چشم مردان و يا حتا خود زنان را به نمايش ميگذارد كه به نظرم ميتواند به عنوان يكي از بهترين كتابها در راستاي شناخت جنس مونث به كار رود!
به نظرم مردمان در جوامع بلوك شرق تماماً به احتضار افتاده و يا مرده، يا به بياني ديگر تسليم شده نبودند. آنها در عين دارا بودن از مقادير زيادي احساسات مردهوار و احتضارگونه، به شدت مردماني مقاوم و مبارز نيز بودند. اما لازم است در حين بررسي و خوانش اين جوامع عينك تعاريف سابق را از چشم برداشت و كمي منعطف
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راحله عباسی نژاد
كتاب زواياي خوبي از زندگي زنان در كشورهاي كمونيستي رو نشون داده كه براي من بسيار جالب و جديد بود اما كتاب و ترجمه هر كدوم جداگانه يك اشكال اساسي داشتن:
.كتاب : كتاب از روايت هاي متعدد از زبانِ زنان مختلف در نقاط متفاوتي از كشورهاي كمونيستي تشكيل شده كه البته غالبا نكات جالبي دارند اما ميتونم بگم يك سوم از روايت ها يا انسجام خوبي نداشتن يا بيشتر شبيه به دل نوشته بودن تا روايت. اين يك سوم كاملا قابليت حذف شدن داشتن و نبودشون هيچ صدمه اي به كليت كتاب نميزدن. در بعضي از اونها نويسنده به قدري زمان و
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linhtalinhtinh
Jun 28, 2013 linhtalinhtinh rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to linhtalinhtinh by: Ngoc
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Good pieces of writings on life and lives under communism.

I agree with the author that her title is wrong. Whether these people "survived" the regime is doubtful. They did live through it, but survived? Not so sure. Did they laugh? Hardly. They may have laughed bitterly on som occasions, but overall they drowned in pain and sadness.

I like the book for its specific focus on women and their often-ignored domestic life. However, the book was not able to deliver the complete picture, the essence of
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Michelle
In 1994, at the age of 21, I spent a summer living with a family in Eastern Europe. It was my first opportunity to see first hand the difficulties families, and especially women, faced in their everyday lives.

I spent the summer exploring a country where the people I met were friendly and unfailingly generous.

While my other American friends and I sometimes laughed to ourselves about the things we found strange in the culture - the out of date clothes, the overwhelming smell of body odor on the p
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Ghazaal Bakhtazad
يكى گفته بود كه شادى ها يكسانند اما بدبختى انواع و اقسام مختلفى دارد.
اين كتاب مثال نقضيه براى اين حقيقت كه نه. بدبختى هاى مردم كشورهاى ديكتاتورى، چه در قالب كمونيسم و چه اسلام و قرون وسطى و امثالهم شبيه همن.
انقدر كه، اگر كسى بخواد از حكومت انتقاد كنه و درى ورى بگه و بخواد از مشكلات مردم در جريان اين حكمفرمايى حرف بزنه، ميتونه به راحتى همه ى حرفها و فحش ها و انتقادارو به يه جامعه اى كه حتى خود حكومت منسوخ و ملعون ميشناستش نسبت بده و با خيال راحت ازينكه هرگز نه تنها مشكلى براش پيش نمياد بلكه حتى م
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Eszter
sometimes this woman is a total hack ("an eastern european city without an old town center is like an oyster without a pearl" --> barf). sometimes she can't seem to decide whether she wants to make staggeringly broad generalizations or actually follow through with the countless interviews and anecdotes she starts throughout the book (i realize communism was a homogenizing force, but please. she took her sweet liberties with the royal we). sometimes she drones on and on and on (every chapter i ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, Slavenka Drakulić
عنوان: کمونیسم رفت، ما ماندیم و حتی خندیدیم؛ نوشته: اسلاونکا دراکولیچ؛مترجم: رویا رضوانی؛ تهران، نشر گمان، 1392، در 286 ص، شابک: 9786009407217؛ موضوع: کمونیسم - اروپای شرقی؛ سرگذشتنامه نویسندگان یوگسلاو
Chip
Wonderful, intimate expression of reality from lives of former Soviet women before and after the 'fall' of communism. A mile-marker of feminist writing, this novel opens the personal lives of those who experienced overwhelmingly male dominated communist society where waiting hours in lines every day was routine, where sanitary napkins were non-existent, and where the best toilet paper to be found was the all too prevalent communist newspaper. This work compares and analyzes how life changed and ...more
mohsen pourramezani
«کمونیسم رفت، ما ماندیم و حتی خندیدیم» اولین کتاب از یک مجموعه پنجاه جلدی به اسم «فلسفه و هنر زندگی» است که زیر نظر خشایار دیهیمی تولید میشود. این کتاب شامل چند مقاله است که به صورت خاطرات نویسنده از زندگی خودش و زنان اروپای شرقی در زمان حاکمیت کمونیسم روایت میشود
کتاب خوبی و روانی بود. روایتهای زنانه از سختی زندگی در کشورهای کمونیسیتی که گاهی میتوانستی اشتراکات زیادی در بین آنها پیدا کنی
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اگر در اروپای شرقی بزرگ شده باشید در همان اوایل جوانی یاد میگیرید که سیاست مفهومی انتز
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Safura
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کتاب را دوست داشتم. با اینکه یک مدتی است از این کتابهای دوره کمونیستی و بلوک شرق زیاد شده و آدم از این تکرار و از اینکه مدام دنبال شرایط مشابه بین کشور خودش و آنها میگردد خسته میشود. اما این کتاب فرق داشت. کتاب درباره زنان و تجربه های زنانه در زمان حکومت کمونیستی است. کتاب یک نقطه اوجهایی دارد که آدم از شدت لذت میخواهد بلند بلند شروع کند از نویسنده تعریف کردن. مثل ماجرای دخترش و عروسک باربی یا ماجرای پالتو پوست یا ...
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از خود کتاب جذاب تر حتی، مقدمه خشایار دیهیمی است! این کتاب اولین کتاب از یک م
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Mar_yamane
خیلی خوب بود :)
Mostafa
خیلی خوب بود
کتاب به صورت گزارش نویسی درباره زندگی (بخصوص زندگی زنان) در کشورهای کمونیستی نوشته شده و تصویر روشنی از نوع زندگی در این حکومتها ارائه میده
نویسنده با قلم خوبی که داره درباره موضوعات مختلف با آوردن چندشاهد حرف دلش رو میزنه و دید خیلی خوبی درباره کمونیست میده
و نکته غمگینش اینجاست که تو خیلی از مواردی که صحبت شده بشدت احساس نزدیکی میکنید باهاش و یجوری که انگار بعضی اتفاقا توی همین مملکت خودمون افتاده
Meysam Rezakhan
ما ملت عجیبی هستیم با تمام تناقضات قابل درک و فهم و گاهی غیر باور ... ملتی هستیم که هنوز سیستمی که در آن بسر می بریم رو نمی شناسیم یا شاید خودمن رو زدیم به اون راه که انگار اتفاقی نیوفتاده و همه چیز درسته به قول اون خواننده " همه چی آرومه من چقدر خوشحالم!!!" این کتاب کمونیسم رفت ، ما ماندیم و حتی خندیدیم حس مشترکی رو القا کرد که ما دچار همون کلاف سردرگمی هستیم که سیستم بر زندگی و حریم خصوصی ما پیاده کرده حس سکون فرساینده ای که همواره ادامه داره و در واقع زندگی رو باید تحمل کرد و نمی توان ازش لذت ...more
Karen
Feb 19, 2014 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women, book clubs, people who love politics
Imagine living in a country where your political system did not consider your needs as a woman and mother important enough to provide for. It's easy enough in the West to bemoan the superficiality of a consumer culture, but how long could you last, Western ladies, in a country that had no consumer culture at all? Imagine a life without cosmetics, any sort of feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, where fruit was available only sporadically if at all, and where recycling was not about ecology b ...more
Jennifer
I don't really recall how this book made its way into my collection. Though given the topic, I suspect my sister, Jessa, may have been involved. This book is a collection of essays about what life was like for women in Eastern Europe under Communist regimes. These stories are mostly about deprivation: sharing small apartments with multiple families, the changing availability of toilet paper, repairing nylons over and over and over again, hoarding food, supplies, even plastic bags, because you ne ...more
Carol
As i said this book is easier to read than most books about life under the communistic rule.

It is from a woman's view. the humiliations and depredations these women suffered makes my heart ache for them.

These conditions are not just limited to countries under communist regimes, but to all countries where women are second class citizens.
I am glad to see several non-profit organizations are educating women across the world, and giving them a hand up and a way out..

Ms. Drakulic is a strong voice
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Sara Bagheri
کتاب را دوست داشتم. زبانش ساده بود و انگار داشت روایتهای روزانه یک زندگی را تعریف میکرد. لحن روایتش من را یاد وبلاگنویسی میانداخت.
البته به نظرم اوایل کتاب بهتر از اواخرش بود یا شاید هم من با آن بهتر ارتباط برقرار کردم.
نفس اینکه روایت روزمرهای از روزگاران بلوک شرق را از نگاه یک زن میخوانی، جذاب بود. با این نگاه، ریزهکاریهایی را میشود دید که معمولا در روایتهای رسمی و مردانه ار چشم پنهان میماند.
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Alexandra
Mi-a trezit o groaza de amintiri, gust dulce amar...
Phoebe Baker
Having visited Eastern Europe in 2014 and having the scenes of Communism and the subsequent ethnic wars in my mind I searched for some first hand accounts if living through those events. While this series of essays was released in 1991, it met that wish. I only wished it was longer. However I have been struck with her observation that the tendency of the people to hoard everyday objects such as cans and bags and rubber bands much less jars and food and other day living products should have been ...more
Piperitapitta
Mi piace pensare che alcune letture compiano dei veri e propri percorsi ideali e che un filo immaginario le leghi tra loro: a volte casualmente, altre invece intenzionalmente.
Nel caso di questo saggio di Slavenka Drakuli si tratta di una "triangolazione" voluta, ai cui restanti vertici si trovano Marzi di Marzena Sowa, un fumetto che racconta e descrive la vita in Polonia prima della caduta del Muro visto attraverso gli occhi e i ricordi di bambina della stessa autrice, e C'era una volta la DDR
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Piperitapitta
Mi piace pensare che alcune letture compiano dei veri e propri percorsi ideali e che un filo immaginario le leghi tra loro: a volte casualmente, altre invece intenzionalmente.
Nel caso di questo saggio di Slavenka Drakuli si tratta di una "triangolazione" voluta, ai cui restanti vertici si trovano Marzi di Marzena Sowa, un fumetto che racconta e descrive la vita in Polonia prima della caduta del Muro visto attraverso gli occhi e i ricordi di bambina della stessa autrice, e C'era una volta la DDR
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Chris Selin
Really eye-opening. As a westerner, it is difficult to imagine that this book wasn't written in the 1930s or 40s, but that shows how much of the real world we are actually taught throughout our schooling, or the everyday truths that are not reported by the media. Maybe it comes from a sense of guilt; maybe we are a 'happier' society not understanding what happens in the rest of the world. My educated guess is that many of the issues in this book are still unresolved in Eastern Europe due to the ...more
kathryn robinson
I purchased this book at the Book Cafe in Makarska, Croatia on the eve of my return to Madrid. I read the whole book on the 5 hour plane ride back home. Drakulic's stories and observations illuminate the multiplicity of ways in which Communism effected and continue to effect women's lives in post-communist Balkans. The personal, the trivial, the ordinary is described, analyzed and politicized here... Can't wait to read more of her work!
Carol Billings
I have been reading up on Slovenia and Croatia in anticipation of an upcomng holiday next spring. This is by far the most useful book I read as it pertains to how ordinary people lived under communism. I have seen reviews both negative and positive (eg. reviewiers complaining about the author's emphasis on the lack of availability of toilet paper or sanitary products) but just because some people were able to live under communism during a time when they may not have been a shortage, doesn't mean ...more
Christine Yeager
This was a great read! it discussed communism in relation to women. It spannned accross the beginning of the communist regime and into the "changes" that are put into place now. It discusses how an ideal cannot survive if it can't even provide essentials like sanitary napkins to half of its population. I really enjoyed the stories and I learned more about what it was like during the communist rule in eastern europe.
Daniel Splittchinzki
I read this as I watched the conflict in Ukraine unfold. No, not the conflict, the war. As I turned on the radio and heard about young men losing their lives in an attempt to overthrow Yanukovych, I read about how little democracy and de jure capitalism changed the way of life for Yugoslavians. As I finished the book, reading about Draculić's epilogue about how living as a part of the war exposed an emptiness and ugliness in her perception of humanity, Vladimir Putin sent Russian troupes in to o ...more
Loreen
Insight into the life of a woman oppressed and inconvenienced by communism from a personal perspective. Can we as American citizens truly comprehend the feeling of walking into a grocery store and having only mustard and vinegar available? Forget about toilet paper and other essentials (yes, other essentials).
LVRichardson
A feminist and Socialist at heart, Drakulic must still honestly come to the conclusion that women like being women and doing feminine things, and that Communism (the ultimate goal of socialism) is not a viable system of social or economic organization. Filled with personal and intimate details about life under communism, this book should be enough ALL BY ITSELF to convince anyone that Communism is not a viable operating system for any society. But of course, it won't. In the mean time, if you ar ...more
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Slavenka Drakulić (1949) is a noted Croatian writer and publicist, whose books have been translated into many languages. Her main interests include the political and ideological situation in post-communist countries, war crimes, nationalism, feminist issues, illness, female body and old age.

In her fiction Drakulić has touched on a variety of topics, such as dealing with illness and fear of death
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