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Convictions: My Life with a Good Communist

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Jo Langer and her husband Oscar were committed communists; she Hungarian, he Slovakian. During the Second World War the couple, both Jewish, escaped to America. Most members of their extended family were murdered in the Holocaust. After the war, they returned to Czechoslovakia to help build communism. She worked for state exports in Bratislava; he was an economist working ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Granta Books (first published November 8th 1979)
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Roseb612
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Silná kniha o osudech silné ženy. Brilantní pohled za oponu padesátých let, a to hned ze dvou stran - privilegované manželky vysokého stranického funkcionáře a pak ostrakizované manželky reakčního protistátního živla. Při čtení se člověk nemůže přestat podivovat nad autorčinou otevřeností, ale také jasnozřivostí, s jakou prohlédla přetvářku režimu, a především nad její silou přežít a zachovat si zdravý rozum (byť to někdy bylo nahnuté) a radost ze života.

Kontrast mezi Jo a jejím manželem je prop
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Dominika Hornakova
Jedno z najlepších diel, aké som čítala o období 50. 60. rokov. Z knihy ide neskutočná ľudskosť, múdrosť a pravdivosť a úprimnosť. Autorka cez svoj životný príbeh popisuje veľmi živo, realisticky, ale i s dávkou ostrovtipu a irónie obdobie, ktoré našu spoločnosť tak veľmi poznačilo. Vrelo odporúčam.
Michal Zemaník
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Začínam byť stará a keď si večer líham, niekedy si takmer želám, aby to bol spánok navždy, lebo nič sa mi už nezdá dosť nádejné či dôležité na to, aby som sa opäť prebúdzala. No potom príde znova deň,keď sa viem pozrieť na Švédsko, akoby som sem prišla iba včera. Vtedy predsa len vidím, že sa potvrdzuje moja stará viera. Spoločnosť sa dá zlepšiť humánnym spôsobom, ľuďom možno dať lepší život tak, aby za to nemuseli platiť premrhanými osudmi a všetkým ostatným, čo robí život hodný žitia. Hoci ne ...more
Winfield Sterling
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hard to put this book down. Jo Langer details just how ruthless, uncivilized, and cold-blooded were the criminal Communists in Czechoslovakia. No, Jo was not beaten, tortured and forced to confess to crimes she did not commit (like her husband) but she and her daughters suffered greatly. To think that there are still folks who believe that Communism is about peace, love and compassion. Jo was also a Communist -- until she saw the light.
Veronika Matuscinova
toto bolo tak psychicky narocne pre mna citat. asi preto som mala len male useky dna,kedy som bola naozaj v pohode to citat ( nezda sa to, ale napr cestou do prace). naozaj surove realisticke rozpravanie zeny/ matky/ manzelky/ vyznavacky urciteho politickeho zmyslania. osobne mi to neprislo nijak citovo zafarbene a zaujate. dala by som to ako povinne dobrovolnu literaturu. o dejinach vieme z ucebnic, tu vieme o dejinach z ludskeho zivota.
Linda
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Úžasné, poutavě napsané, za srdce beroucí menoáry při jejichž čtení se tají dech. Než jsem si je přečetla, nedokázala jsem si doopravdy představit, jak to vypadalo za komunismu, přestože jsem o tom často slýchala od rodiny. Žo ale popisuje události tak osobitě a nebojí se čtenáře pustit do svého srdce, takže kniha dodá člověku hned novou perspektivu.
MartinaMartinkova
Tuhle knihu bych opravdu zařadila mezi povinnou četbu,strašně rychle se tu zapomíná,bohužel... A soukromě-nemohla jsem se odtrhnout a velký obdiv schopnostem Zo Langerove!
Veronika Pizano
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vyborna kombinacia intimnej spovede a komentovania udalosti. Obcas som mala pocit, ze musi ist o spomienkovy pesimizmus, lebo danu dobu reflektujeme len velmi malo, a tak sa zivot z knihy zda az nerealny. Divadelne spracovanie v podani Slovenskeho komorneho divadla v Martine je tiez vyborne a naozaj odporucam.
Anna H.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lager's personal account of a life under Communism in Slovakia between the late-1940s and the mid-1960s is one of the best books I have read on the subject (and overall) and a valuable contribution to the understanding of life under totalitarianism and the effect of totalitarianism on all aspect of every-day life. Lager also portrays the particularities of the "Slovak" experience, including the legacies of the WWII Slovak state and the regime's manipulation of Slovak nationalism. Also, being Hun ...more
Kit
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly detailed, personal and eloquent book about living in eastern europe under communism from the end of WWII up through Prague Spring in 1968. Really makes you want to know the author--she sounds wonderful and heartbreakingly honest.
Alisea Thenea
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kto sa chce niečo dozvedieť o našej vlastnej minulosti, mal by si prečítať túto knihu." Súhlasim a odporúčam. Výborne napísana spoveď.
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Jo Langer was born in Budapest in 1912. In 1934 she married a young communist militant, Oskar Langer, and they moved to his homeland, Czechoslovakia. In 1938 they escaped the Holocaust by emigrating to the US, returning to their home in Czechoslovakia after the war.

Oskar Langer was arrested and imprisoned in 1951, and died not long after his release ten years later. After the Soviet invasion in 19
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