Communism

The Guinea Pigs by Ludvik Vaculik

Ludvik Vaculik~Czechoslovakia


The hardest thing in the world, girls and boys, is to change your life by your own free will. Even if you are absolutely convinced that
you’re the engineer on your own locomotive, someone else is always going to flip the switch that makes you change tracks, and it’s usually someone who knows …

Half Way or All the Way

Review I know I said we would head East…and we are, but let’s stop in Cuba for a minute. The Halfway House by Guillermo Rosales is on of those frighteningly realistic portraits of humanity that grip the reader with direct force and doesn’t let you go until you’ve understood–life is not always meant to be…

A Slight Hungarian Lesbian Detour

This review recently appeared on Kissed by Venus, where I am a book reviewer. Check them out…they are cool. Another Love by Erzsebet Galgoczi is at once a swift read, but also a deeply courageous novel replete with political commentary, intellectualism and gender identity in Communist Hungary during the 1950’s. Another Love, published in Hungary…

Who Am I? Who Are You?

Victor Serge knew a lot about imprisonment. He recently translated political novel, Unforgiving Years, chronicles the life of two revolutionaries working for the Communist regime during the the Second World War. Divided into four parts with four separate locations, Serge makes us feel as if we are just beyond the door peeping through the keyhole…