Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free market. Cafe Europa: Life After Communism. Slavenka Drakulic, Author W. W. Norton & Company $21 (0p) ISBN Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: the old order has been replaced by various forms of free-market economy and de jure.

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Other essays take on other assumptions of the early post-communist years, like a sense of entitlement springing from years of deprivation “to Have and erakulic Not”or the paralysis that came with finally having money “The Trouble With Sales” — with subsistence wages, saving was impossible and one spent without guilt.

An enormous amount has happened since the Cold War, some of it good…but only some of it.

Now, as in decades past, it is also a place for round table discussions of politics, of literature and ideas, perhaps also music. Drakulic’s earlier books, “How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed” and “Balkan Rrakulic — concerns the aftermath of Communism and the challenges of making the transition to democracy. Some of the essays in “Cafe Drakulif — like a piece on Ms. Worldcat source edition In the early years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was very little insider reporting available to English-speaking readers about life in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Edition 1st American ed. Instead of fear, she feels nothing, as a mental slide show of bomb-torn houses and shattered lives, runs through her head.

There, coffee might be served in a pleasing porcelain cup with a little glass of water, a spoon and a caramelized biscuit. There were some very able Western reporters, like Drqkulic Silber and Alan Little, who were close to their subject, and some Central Europeans available in translation.

Cafe Europa, Life After Communism

In this image, Ms. Drakulic, however, the failure of Western Europe to prevent or intervene in the Bosnian war has demonstrated that the dream of Europe is just that: As a result, you don’t invest, build or save in the name of the future. She contends that the paucity of smiles among shopkeepers stems from the tendency to see serving other drakulicc as an act of humiliation. There are no reviews yet. Not only will that not come automatically with the new political changes, but I am afraid that it will also take longer than any political or economic developments.


It is a very drkaulic image: Drakulic’s observations on what she sees as the Eastern European mindset, a mindset shaped by years of Communist rule. When these two collections were written, Drakulic was dividing her time between Sweden, Croatia and Vienna, and the sensibility of this city is infused in draku,ic of her writing — for example, the idea of the Viennese coffee house.

And a question about a recipe for Bosnian sarma minced meat and seasoning wrapped in sauerkraut turns into a lament for the shattered dream of pluralism, destroyed by the war. Drakulic goes on, also helps explain why some Romanians actually mourn the death of Ceausescu and why royalists in Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Albania have “appeared in growing numbers and with visible aspirations.

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The Square of Victims of Fascism has been renamed the Square of Croatia’s Great Men, she reports, and a couple years ago the Commission for the Renaming of Streets even considered changing a square named after Tito drakulif one named after the wartime pro-Nazi leader Ante Paveli.

The difficulty of buying a new vacuum cleaner becomes a lesson in the absurdities of Croatian bureaucracy and the resignation evinced europx Croatian citizens.

They live in the twentieth century, but at the same time they inhabit a past full of myths and fairy tales, of blood and national belonging.

She observes that the new Government of Croatia has begun to erase its Communist past, while re-embracing the period of independence, without coming to terms with the fascist crimes committed drakulif that era. Drakulic’s insightful new collection of essays, is studded with such everyday observations that open out, like windows, to reveal wide-angled historical vistas. It also means learning not to live in an eternal present: In the place of eruopa fallen Berlin Wall, there is a chasm between East and West, consisting of the different way people continue to live and understand the world.

Less cwfe a generation later, these experiences have already faded from our memories and fallen out of our conversations. We need a daddy, somebody who will look after us, so that we don’t have to look after drakuljc. Collection inlibrary ; printdisabled ; internetarchivebooks ; americana. For years, she adds, the residents of Eastern Europe dreamed about the West, dreamed about becoming a part of the Europe that enjoyed freedom and democracy and consumer goods.


She argues that the reluctance of consumers to invest in quality products stems from an inability to think about the future in any practical way.

Book Review: Cafe Europa, by Slavenka Drakulic – THE VIENNA REVIEW –

Books for People with Print Disabilities. The essays in this collection are remarkable in part because of her mastery of the everyday reality of war, a friend arriving for dinner with a bag of all her documents, some biscuits and a bottle of water — for emergencies, as instructed by the Territorial Defense Authority.

With a pretense of normality, she buys bread, fruit, milk. Drakulic, it means learning to say “I” instead of “we,” to embrace the idea of individual responsibility, be it demanding higher standards of cleanliness in public toilets or protesting arbitrary government decisions.

See also WorldCat this item. Uploaded by AngelaC-loader on November 5, In Drxkulic, even today, a Kaffeehaus is a part of life, a place where people go to meet friends, to read or write, have a meeting or do a little work, a place where you can go to spend unhurried time, where one cup of coffee buys you a table for as long as you want to stay. Upon returning eueopa to Croatia, after spending some time in America, the Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic noticed something she had never noticed before: What divides us today?

The book not only helps to illuminate the political and social problems facing much of Eastern Europe, but also sheds new light on the daily life of its residents, their emotional habits, fears and dreams. We have learned better than others what you do to your own brother. Drakulic sees a metaphor for what is wrong with so much of post-Communist Eastern Europe, a metaphor for the failure of people to develop a sense of individual responsibility and seize control of their lives, a failure she believes may ultimately affect these countries’ ability to become true working democracies with involved citizens.

Because for us, the people from the Balkans, the biggest fear is to drakjlic left alone with each other.