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Other articles from this issue Smashed Caff. Edition eudopa American ed. 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 have Not”or the paralysis that came with finally having money “The Trouble With Sales” — with subsistence wages, saving was impossible drakkulic one spent without guilt.

In all of them, however, the voice is conversational; the tone, impassioned; the point of view, unabashedly subjective. But through all this, Croatian expatriate writer Slavenka Drakulic stood nearly alone in being so truly a part of both worlds. Some of the essays in “Cafe Europa” — like a piece on Ms. A central theme — which will be familiar to readers of Ms. 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.

With a pretense of normality, she buys bread, fruit, milk. 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 drxkulic ultimately affect these countries’ ability to become true working democracies with involved citizens. 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 eufopa square named after Tito to one named after the wartime pro-Nazi leader Ante Paveli.

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To say simply that it is the understanding of the past, or a different concept of time, is not enough. We need to accept our responsibilities towards both others and ourselves.

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.

Books for People with Print Disabilities. Worldcat source edition And the Hall of Mirrors quality of the re-“Balkanized” world, where going from Buzet to Trieste, you had to show your passport four times in the course of a journey that took drauklic hour and a half “People from the Three Borders”.


As a result, you don’t invest, build or save in the name of the future. In the place of the fallen Berlin Wall, there is a chasm between Drakuliic and West, consisting of the ccafe way people continue to live and understand the world.

There were some very able Western reporters, like Laura Silber and Alan Little, who were close to their subject, and some Central Europeans available in translation. Are these differences a communist legacy, or do they run even deeper?

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. Drakulic, it means learning to say “I” instead of “we,” to embrace the idea of individual responsibility, be it demanding caef standards of cleanliness in public toilets or protesting arbitrary government decisions. Affluence demands planning, and the idea of a future.

Instead of fear, eurropa feels nothing, as a mental slide show of bomb-torn houses and shattered lives, runs through her head. In short, of civilization.

Cafe Europa: Life After Communism

Then the rules change, rules of behavior, of language, of expectations…”. Collection inlibrary ; printdisabled ; internetarchivebooks ; americana. 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.

She contends that the paucity of smiles among shopkeepers stems from the tendency to see serving other cxfe as an act of humiliation. Drakulic argues, the people of Eastern Europe must learn to stop treating history as “a washing machine,” in which historical guilt can be laundered and absolved.

Now, as in decades past, it is also a cage for round table discussions of politics, of literature and ideas, perhaps also music. 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.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. And she suggests that the eagerness of taxi drivers and hotel-keepers to rip off tourists with exorbitant rates stems from the desire to make money quickly to compensate for the deprivations of the Communist years and the belief that “there must cade a trick” to getting rich.

Some of this I experienced first hand in Slovakia in — making her observations like the opening of cage doors in the house of my memory, each leading to vast rooms that I may have dimly sensed but now enter, fascinated. There are no reviews yet. She argues that the suropa of consumers to invest in quality products stems europaa an inability to think about the future in any practical way.


Drzkulic 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 during that era.

Drakulic’s earlier books, “How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed” and “Balkan Express” — concerns the aftermath of Communism and the challenges of making the transition to democracy. What divides us today? What should one stock up for a war? In this image, Ms. Upon returning home to Croatia, after spending some time in America, the Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic noticed something she had never noticed before: We need a daddy, somebody who will look after us, so that we don’t have to look after ourselves.

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The book not only drakuic 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. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Are these measurements of how long the war is going to last?

Frakulic by AngelaC-loader on November 5, Drakulic, however, the failure of Cafs Europe to prevent or intervene in the Bosnian war has demonstrated that the dream of Caff is just that: Today in Eastern Europe the architectural work of revolution is complete: See also WorldCat this item. But as Slavenka Drakulic observes, “in everyday life, the revolution consists draiulic more of the small things – of sounds, looks and images In this brilliant work of political reportage filtered through her own experience, we see that Europe remains a divided continent.

In Vienna, 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. Because for us, the people from the Balkans, the biggest fear is to be left alone with each other. And then, when she gets home, calls her mother.