Tag: Communism

1966, 1968, Books, Fiction

Cancer Ward (1966, 1968) by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I have no idea why it took me so long to finish this one. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, but something about it turned into a slog for me. (It also happened that I was listening to podcasts when I supposed to be reading, which was a problem.) Anyway, the time it took …

1968, Books, Non-Fiction

The Revolution of the Saints (19968) by Michael Walzer

Many years ago, I read a history of ideas about radical/left-wing politics, Main Currents of Marxism by Leszek Kolakowski, which felt to me like the definitive statement on the religious origins and nature of ideologies. The only thing lacking with that book, to my mind, was its scope was limited to the left; whereas liberalism …

2016, Movies

Hotel Dallas (2016, Sherng-Lee Huang, Livia Ungur)

This is a thought-provoking, at times very amusing, but very artsy examination of the affect of the TV show Dallas on Romania during the communist era, with ruminations on memory, change, media representations of reality, and other things. Yes, there’s a lot going on here. Perhaps too much. But for the most part the movie …

1970, Movies

The Confession (1970, Costa-Gavras)

This is a harrowing and difficult movie about authoritarianism and Stalinism, and why people participate in show trials, when it strikes as as cowardly and/or irrational. It’s based on a true story, too. It tells the story of one man as he experiences arrest, interrogation and indoctrination on his way to a show trial in …