S. Drakulic's "How We Survived Communism"
Reviews Slavenka Drakulic's "How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed", a collection of short essays describing the everyday life of a woman under communism in Yugoslavia.
# 107540 | 1,010 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 |
Published by Patrick James Lontoc on Sep 07, 2008 in English (Analysis) , European Studies (Collapse of the Soviet Empire) , Women Studies (General)
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This paper explains that Slavenka Drakulic, in "How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed", tells of her experiences and her friends' everyday lives and political experiences living in communist Yugoslavia from a woman's perspective. The author points out that the reason for the collapse of communism, according to Drakulic's book, is the failure of communism to provide the basic necessities for the female half of the Yugoslavian population. The paper concludes that Drakulic believes that communism is more than an ideology or a method of government but rather a state of mind and habit, which has yet to be erased from the collective consciousness of those who have lived under it.
From the Paper:"Communism failed to provide freedom of expression and speech. Journalists who go astray and write negatively about the system are often given "tender persuasion" by the government. These persuasions cause journalists to self-censor themselves and cause paranoia and distrust for other journalists.
"The book also mentions on how Drakulic was in amazed bewilderment regarding the homeless people in New York and how she sees the injustices because of the "communist eye" that sticks to people who lived under communist systems."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Drakulic, Slavenka. How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed. HarperCollins: New York, 1993.
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