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The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

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Rosenberg's previous book, Children of Cain, dealt with the change from dictatorship to democracy in South America. Here, she approaches a similar theme in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism, telling a series of riveting human stories to illuminate the paradox that rabid anti-Communism at times resembles Communism. In the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and the fo ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 19th 1996 by Vintage (first published April 25th 1995)
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Author Tina Rosenberg never simplifies the immense complexity of the issues which inform her story. If anything, she dives right in, fully immersing her reader in the formidable challenges the three states— Czechoslovakia, Poland, and East Germany—faced in their rocky transition from communism to democracy just after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The question the book raises is who is to blame for the crimes of the communist era and who should be punished? Scenes of great political or leg ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism, Tina Rosenberg
عنوان: سرزمینهای شبح زده؛ نویسنده: تینا روزنبرگ؛ مترجم: فروغ پوریاوری؛ تهران، علم، 1383؛ در 687 ص؛ شابک: 9644053869؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، ثالث، 1387؛ در 564 ص؛ شابک: 9789643803438؛ موضوع: تاریخ اروپای شرقی قرن 20 م
بهمن بهمن
Mar 18, 2014 بهمن بهمن rated it liked it
یکی از بهترین کتاب هایی که در مورد اروپای شرقی و آلمان شرقی سابق نوشته شده.کتابی که بی هیچ جانب داری و پیش داوری نشان می دهد که چطور کمونیسم بهترین ، فداکار ترین و هوشمند ترین انسانها را به خود جذب کرده و در مدت کوتاهی آنها را به یک مشت هیولا تبدیل می کند
May 25, 2009 Lothe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
When Communism came crashing down alongside the Iron Curtain at the turn of the 1990s, it left a changed Eastern Europe to sift through the debris. Former Soviet Bloc countries found themselves struggling to come to terms with the events of the last fifty years, and to establish new systems in the shadow of the old.

This is the conflict Tina Rosenberg portrays in "The Haunted Land." A journalistic veteran of the South American dictatorships, Rosenberg travels to Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the fo
Chris "Stu"
May 14, 2007 Chris "Stu" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007, recommended
So. Here's the problem. This is a very excellent book about the effects of Communism on people, even a dozen years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It's exhaustively researched, the author's biases and personal feelings on the subjects are expressed in a way that you can fully take them into account, and the human stories that this book relates are moving and important to wrestle with in this modern time.

However, it is 400 pages of bad news. Humans are weak, bureaucracy is strong and destructi
Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 Scott Cox rated it really liked it
This analysis of 3 post-communist European countries (Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany) focuses heavily on the difficulties in rebuilding countries long dominated by communist ideals and ethics. Some of the more interesting sections of Rosenberg's work deal with the decision to include into the new governments and societies those who were once spies and collaborators. Rosenberg explores the reasons for why informers would inform on their fellow citizens. One secret police minister, Lorenc, no ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Pierre rated it really liked it
A strong and off the fence opinionated view of 3 countries coming to terms with their communist past. For our menu I would recommend reading the Joke by Kundera for starter then a staunch and no quarter Orwell's 1984 for main dish followed by this book as a dish before dessert...
Then The Little Prince for dessert. To give you back hope after this heavy meal! This books deals with the past of 3 countries Poland, the Czech Republic and East Germany (part of Germany now; as info for the younger gen
May 07, 2011 Mohammmadreza rated it it was amazing
کتابی درباره آنچه که کمونیسم بر سر کشورها و مردمان بلوک شرق آورد ، مردمانی مطیع همچون اسلواک ها ، روشفکران پراگی ، رومانتیک ها و شجاعان لهستانی و ... . نویسنده خود روزنامه نگاری بوده که تجربه حضور در دیکتاتوری های آمریکای لاتین را داشته است و با دید باز و تجربه خوب به سراغ دیکتاتور های کمونیست و روشنفکرانی که در بند بوده اند می رود و سعی میکند تصویری وافعی از آن چه در سه کشور چکسلواکی ، لهستانی و آلمان شرقی پیش آمده است ارائه دهد .
کتاب ترجمه بسیار خوبی دارد و نویسنده به تصویری ترین شکل ممکن کتا
Sep 18, 2013 zltg rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history
"Communism has left behind a poisonous residue. The people ... had forty-five years to accustom themselves to governments endowed with arbitrary and absolute power... No institutions existed that could check power of the Party. It has left citizens unaccustomed to searching for their own values and morals, more comfortable with simply accepting those supplied ready-made by the state... Unchecked power is the evil in communism, what transforms it from Pegasus to Gorgon. The opposite of communism ...more
علی‌رضا میم
این کتاب در مورد بعد از فروپاشی نظام کمونیستی در سه کشور آلمان شرقی، لهستان، و چکسلواکی میپردازد.
اساسی ترین نکته ای که این کتاب برای من داشت برخوردی بود که مردم بعد از اینکه حکومت کمونیستی سقوط کرد با سران حزب و نظام داشتند بود. اینکه در نظام اجتماعی نمیشد این افراد را به هیچ عنوان به جرمی متهم کرد. زیرا آنها به درستی قانون را اجرا میکردندو نمیتوان فردی را به خاطر اینکه قانون را اجرا کرده مجازات کرد.
واقعا باید در این شرایط که قانونی غلط است و کسی آن را انجام میدهد، با فرد مزکور چه برخوردی داشت؟
Feb 18, 2017 Manisha rated it it was amazing
Read this in college at Stanford for a class on memory.

Have thought of it many times since.
Apr 20, 2007 Mike marked it as to-read
Shame on me. I bought this book sometime around 1995-96. The book is about Poland, East Germany and Czechoslovakia and how they are dealing with the (then) recent fall of communism. For some reason I never dove into it. Maybe it's because I was taking a lot of political science and history classes at that time. In other leisure reading had nothing to do with history or politics. After reading word after word of Francis Fukuyama, Machiavelli, Marx, Hegel, Jefferson.....I just couldn't ...more
Oct 16, 2015 David rated it really liked it
A really interesting book. I have never really considered how difficult the conversion from socialism to democracy really is. Like many people (I think), I just thought that everyone in these countries would be partying when they people democracies. But that is hardly the case. There are people to blame/punish, and others that have to be made whole (or at least attempted to) by years of oppression. And there seems to be a lot of confusion as well.

Well done.
Feb 08, 2011 Joyce rated it it was amazing
The human stories told in this book are ones I had not heard before and were very inspiring. It gave me a good feel for the struggles after the wall fell and the difficulties in putting their lives back together and dealing with the past. I never tire of reading about the Stasi and all the files and secret spies and reporting etc.
Jun 15, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it
This book compares the experiences of four Central European countries coming to terms with their Communist pasts. Interesting, well-written, and well-researched, but I wish she had provided more analysis of the differences and similarities among the countries in question, rather than just including each as an entirely separate narrative.
Stefanie Lubkowski
Mar 17, 2010 Stefanie Lubkowski rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the personal stories embedded in this book, from generals to ordinary people. Rosenberg also did a great job of using individual stories to elucidate larger issues. The insights into how Communism/totalitarianism affected society and culture as well as politics, and how it shaped an individual's sense of self, emotional life, etc.
George King
Some good behind the scenes view of former dictatorial states. Converting to a democracy is not an easy task and should be really appreciated by those who live in one. It should also make those who live in a democracy be vigilant about the democracy they live in ands they ways it can be corrupted..
Nov 07, 2010 Riley rated it really liked it
The Haunted Land is an insightful look into the struggles former Eastern Bloc countries faced in coming to terms with their totalitarian pasts. It reminded me a lot of Hannah Arendt's book on Adolf Eichmann and the banality of evil.
Aug 03, 2007 Shane rated it really liked it
The stories of the struggles of those who cooperated with the secret police (in all its various forms) under Communism are really powerful. Gives some interesting insight into what folks in former communist countries went through and how the experience may still linger in their relationships.
Jan 03, 2012 Bita rated it liked it
I had thought this book was about the countries after the fall of communism and the state of their economy and govt and so on. But it was mostly about what happened to their secret police. I only read the sections on Czeckoslovakia and east Germany. Pages and pages on two people only.

Apr 07, 2013 Bryan rated it really liked it
Good book. Her descriptions of the people trying to come to grips with their past were interesting and informative. Not an area I knew a lot about so the material was fresh and insightful. Recommended for those who want to learn more about the effects of communism.
Apr 23, 2016 Pedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اگه چند صفحه از کتاب مشکل نداشت و ناپدید نشده بود نمره کامل داشت
Aug 20, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
The various ways in which the well-intentioned can make things go wrong. How national culture does indeed influence the choices people make.
Mar 13, 2011 Natalie marked it as to-read
I wish I wrote this book.
Jun 29, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, books-i-own
an incredible book that deserves another read.
Apr 18, 2008 Becca rated it really liked it
Reinforcing the platitude that truth is stranger than fiction. Laced with weird, weird stories of things that some European governments did for literally no better reason than to mess with people.
Rod Zemke
May 06, 2010 Rod Zemke rated it really liked it
A fantastic look at 3 Eastern European countries after the fall.
Joseph Stieb
Jan 02, 2014 Joseph Stieb rated it it was amazing
Although it plods from time to time, this is a challenging and fascinating book about recovering from a totalitarian communist system and transitioning to democracy. 407 pages. First book of 2014.
Arman Mohammadi yazdi
Nov 12, 2013 Arman Mohammadi yazdi rated it it was amazing
مطمئناً یکی از تاملبرانگیزترین کتابهایی خواهد بود که در مورد کشورهای بلوک شرق و حتا تاریخ سیاسی معاصر خواهید خواند.
در انتخابش برای خواندن، تعلل نکنید.
Ardis Redford
Ardis Redford rated it it was amazing
Feb 27, 2016
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Tina Rosenberg, the winner of a MacArthur grant, is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a former member of the Times editorial board. Her book The Haunted Land won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
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