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The Walls Behind the Curtain: East European Prison Literature, 1945–1990

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Because of their visibility in society and ability to shape public opinion, prominent literary figures were among the first targets of Communist repression, torture, and incarceration. Authors such as Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn famously documented the experience of internment in Soviet gulags. Little, however, has been published in the English language on the work of writers i ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 11th 2012 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mike
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for being probably the only anthology of its kind in English and containing a good diversity of examples of prison literature from various Eastern European nations during the Cold War. Depressing, certainly, but a very useful collection to scholars interested in Cold War studies or general Slavic studies with a contemporary emphasis.

The examples of poetry I found very interesting and the prose less so in general, though much of it also is useful. Some of the prose seems as if it woul
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