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Lives of the Orange Men: A Biographical History of the Polish Orange Alternative Movement

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From 1981-89 in Wroclaw, Poland, in an atmosphere in which dissent was forbidden and martial law a reality, the art activist Orange Alternative Movement deployed their 'socialist surrealism' in absurd street painting and massive performances. It worked. 'Lives of the Orange Men' tells the story of the movement's main protagonists, and is the first standalone English-langua ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published August 15th 2014 by Minor Compositions (first published November 1st 2013)
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As is stated in the foreward all to often history is written by the terminally serious. This is a book about a small band of practitioneers of the surreal, those who walked with a touch of madness about them and those who found humour in the stuffed shirts of authoritarianism and bureaucracy. I firt heard about the Orange Alternative when studying in Wroclaw in the early 2000s. Today the city is alive with bronze gnome sculptures which have become something of a gimmick. This book sets about lay ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It would be very helpful for all students inspired by ideas of bringing changes through manifestations to use this book as a guide.

One thing I really appreciated is that the Lives / Major Fydrych is so kind to all personages that appear in the book: even to militiamen! ( who are “work of art” themselves) - lack of any hatred or retribution. Only mockery which does not turn into cynicism either.

And a very sincere work, too: Major losing elections to the zoo director and being open about his dis
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
An important read for those interested in counter-cultures, Polish protest movements, and pranksters, Fydrych's book is not particularly accessible to those without basic background knowledge of the times concerned. No doubt this is an important historical document from one of the most fascinating protest groups of the Communist era, if only because the author is one of the leaders of the movement itself.

However, Fydrych has always been a notorious prankster, as one might imagine from the event
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