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This account describes the daily struggles of women under the Marxist regime in the former republic of Yugoslavia. It contains 19 essays, comprising reportage through personal experience by Croatia's leading writer. Slavenka Drakulic takes as her subject the ordinary lives of women left weary in mind, body and soul after 45 years of communism. She has not written a critique of Marxism, but a grass-roots narrative that reveals everyday life under the regime. Slavenka Drakulic is the author of "Holograms of Fear" and "The Baltic Express".
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An invaluable account of the cumulative weariness of the soul brought on by daily life in an Eastern European country. --Vivian Gornick, critic and essayist (National Book Award nominee)" Seldom has such a narrative been so spirited and immediate. --Christopher Hitchens" She is a writer and journalist whose voice belongs to the world. --Gloria Steinem" "She is a writer and journalist whose voice belongs to the world."--Gloria Steinem "An invaluable account of the cumulative weariness of the soul brought on by daily life in an Eastern European country."--Vivian Gornick, critic and essayist (National Book Award nominee) "Seldom has such a narrative been so spirited and immediate."--Christopher Hitchens -She is a writer and journalist whose voice belongs to the world.---Gloria Steinem -An invaluable account of the cumulative weariness of the soul brought on by daily life in an Eastern European country.---Vivian Gornick, critic and essayist (National Book Award nominee) -Seldom has such a narrative been so spirited and immediate.---Christopher Hitchens -Not only the first ever grassroots feminist critique of communism, it's one of our first glimpses into real peoples' lives in pre-revolutionary Eastern Europe. My world is twice as large as it was before I read this book.... [Drakulic] is a brave, funny, wise and wonderfully gifted writer.---New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich -A thoughtful, beautifully written collection of essays...blending provocative analysis with the texture of everyday life.---New York Times Book Review "Not only the first ever grassroots feminist critique of communism, it's one of our first glimpses into real peoples' lives in pre-revolutionary Eastern Europe. My world is twice as large as it was before I read this book.... [Drakulic] is a brave, funny, wise and wonderfully gifted writer."--New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich "A thoughtful, beautifully written collection of essays...blending provocative analysis with the texture of everyday life."--New York Times Book Review Not only the first ever grassroots feminist critique of communism, it s one of our first glimpses into real peoples lives in pre revolutionary Eastern Europe. My world is twice as large as it was before I read this book. [Drakulic] is a brave, funny, wise and wonderfully gifted writer. --New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich" A thoughtful, beautifully written collection of essays...blending provocative analysis with the texture of everyday life. --New York Times Book Review"

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