Hoffman (Lost in Translation) recounts her travels across Eastern Europe following the fall of communism.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Hoffman, who emigrated from Poland to Canada when she was 13--an experience she recounted in her memoir, Lost in Translation ( LJ 1/89)--returned to her homeland in 1989 to witness "history in the making" in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and the splintering Czechoslovakia. She talks with citizens from all walks of life (from intellectuals to workers to dissidents-cum-leaders), and her observations are fresh and thoughtful. Like Andrew Nagorski's Birth of Freedom ( LJ 9/1/93), Hoffman's book will most likely whet the appetites of readers new to Eastern Europe, while her observations on historical events will also satisfy readers familiar with the region. Unlike Nagorski, Hoffman is more introspective and tentative, making this much more an intellectually stimulating personal journey than a journalistic account. Recommended.
- Joseph Parsons, Columbia Coll., Chicago
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An excellent informal guide that educates the westerner about politics and history at a transitional time in Central Europe.Published 2 months ago by Judy Langberg
This book is based on two trips to Eastern and Central Europe undertaken by the author, Eva Hoffman, one year apart in the years immediately following the fall of Communism in... Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Richard D. Weiss