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Velvet Totalitarianism: Post-Stalinist Romania

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This book introduces students and the general public to the post-Stalinist phase of totalitarianism, focusing on Romania under the Ceausescu dictatorship, through the dual optic of scholarship and fiction, in a story about a family surviving difficult times under a totalitarian regime due to the strength of their love.
Paperback, 414 pages
Published July 29th 2009 by UPA (first published 2009)
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Rick F.
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"This book introduces students and the general public to the post-Stalinist phase of totalitarianism, focusing on Romania under the Ceausescu dictatorship, through the dual optic of scholarship and fiction, in a story about a family surviving difficult times under a totalitarian regime due to the strength of their love." A rather mundane description of a magnificent book- so heartfelt- so emotional- so brilliant. Many do not give much thought to the hardships suffered by the Romainains -Claudia ...more
Reza Amiri Praramadhan
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Half history, half fiction, this novel is about lives of Romanians under the Communist Regime of Nicolae Ceaucescu. Once hailed as a maverick among leaders of Eastern Bloc countries, his rule was increasingly centred around himself and erratic through and through. He relied so much on much feared secret police force, the Securitate, who monitores, jailed, and even murdered every single enemies of the state (which is mostly the critics against Ceaucescu). The Ceaucescus, both husband and wife hel ...more
Alice
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A Remarkable Story of a Family’s Surviving the Totalitarian Regime in Romania

Claudia Moscovici’s historical novel, Velvet Totalitarianism, has been acclaimed as “A deeply felt, deftly rendered novel of the utmost importance to any reader interested in understanding totalitarianism and its terrible human cost,” by author Travis Holland, author of The Archivist’s Story. This remarkable work makes the tortured history of Romania under the oppressive regime of Ceausescu come alive by tracing a famil
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Nicole Roberts
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
The title put me off reading the book. I thought it would be a boring history lesson for a place I don't know very much about. But after reading the intro and the brief history lesson in the very beginning where the author broke down the facts behind some of the story it made me realize that this is the perfect way to do history. Take actual events and throw in a little fiction to really get people connected to the story and history being told.
I won't give anything away for you but if you are
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Anaioanairina
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Claudia Moscovici’s Velvet Totalitarianism, addresses to any reader interested in comparing two political systems of the 80's, before and during the fall of the Iron Curtain: Eastern European totalitarianism and United States democracy. By evoking the drama of family separation and the individual lives of the characters, the author traces the general and the particular experiences of a whole category of people constrained to move between political regimes in order to find answers to the question ...more
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Claudia Moscovici is the author of "Velvet Totalitarianism," a critically acclaimed novel about a Romanian family's survival in an oppressive communist regime due to the strength of their love. This novel is being republished in translation in her native country, Romania, and in France.
In 2002, she co-founded with Mexican sculptor Leonardo Pereznieto the international aesthetic movement postroman
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