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Auntie Varvara's Clients
Nonfiction. Romanian History. "Most of Tanase's AUNTIE VARVARA'S CLIENTS deals with the subversive and self organizational work of the Komintern agents in Romania, with the tribulations of the small, illegal and hardly popular Communist Party from Romania, and with the mafi-like pragmatics of these clandestinos. When the Red Army entered Romania in August 1944, there were ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by Spuyten Duyvil
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An immensely detailed and chilling account of Romania's early Communists, prefaced with extraordinary mugshots of many of them - a startlingly villainous looking crew, most of them hideously ugly, and most of them not having Romanian surnames. This was one of the (many) surprises for me about this book. It makes sense that marginalised and oppressed groups within Romania such as Jews, Hungarians and Bulgarians would have been disproportionately attracted to Communism, but I was intrigued to see ...more