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Velvet Totalitarianism This Book Introduces Students And The General Public To The Post Stalinist Phase Of Totalitarianism, Focusing On Romania Under The Ceausescu Dictatorship, Through The Dual Optic Of Scholarship And Fiction, In A Story About A Family Surviving Difficult Times Under A Totalitarian Regime Due To The Strength Of Their Love.


10 thoughts on “Velvet Totalitarianism

  1. says:

    This book introduces students and the general public to the post Stalinist phase of totalitarianism, focusing on Romania under the Ceausescu dictatorship, through the dual optic of scholarship and fiction, in a story about a family surviving difficult times under a totalitarian regime due to the strength of their love A rather mundane description of a magnificent book so heartfelt so emotional so brilliant Many do not give much thought t...


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    As an introduction to the Ceausescu regime, this book is really great Especially the lengthy introduction at the start is very interesting and to someone like myself who knew next to nothing about post Stalinist Romania, very educational As a novel, I m not as convinced by this book While it s clear Claudia Moscovici is very knowledgeable about the subject and has surely managed to incorporate her family s history into the novel, I couldn t help but think this novel would have benefited a lot from some rigorous editing It s baffling to me that Radu s storyline is relegated to the background, even though he s the first character we re introduced to It seemed his and Ioana s story would ve provided a lot of interesting material, but the novel skips over all of that in favor of the storyline about Irina and Paul Paul, by the way, who is an annoying character at best and despicable at worst, gets far too much attention in this story It was entirely lost on me ...


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    Half history, half fiction, this novel is about lives of Romanians under the Communist Regime of Nicolae Ceaucescu Once hailed as a maverick among leaders of Eastern Bloc countries, his rule was increasingly centred around himself and erratic through and through He relied so much on much feared secret police force, the Securitate, who monitores, jailed, and even murdered every single enemies of the state which is mostly the critics against Ceaucescu The Ceaucescus, both husband and wife held the distinction of being communist leaders killed in the wave of communist downfall around the world.Regarding the novel, it consists of three parts, in which I like the first part best, for it depicted the sheer brutality of Ceaucescu regime in hunting down dissidents It feels like reading a suspense novel The second part was annoying for me, for it talked about a love story between a Romanian daughter, faced with culture shock, and building relationship with a man much older th...


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    A Remarkable Story of a Family s Surviving the Totalitarian Regime in RomaniaClaudia Moscovici s historical novel, Velvet Totalitarianism, has been acclaimed as A deeply felt, deftly rendered novel of the utmost importance to any reader interested in understanding totalitarianism and its terrible human cost, by author Travis Holland, author of The Archivist s Story This remarkable work makes the tortured history of Romania under the oppressive regime of Ceausescu come alive by tracing a family s struggle to survive the corrosive psychological demoralization of living under the yolk of the Securitate, the country s Secret Police.We are introduced to the Schwartz family who live in fear of the power of the Securitate s loud interrogations, torture, rape, and severe beatings Always on the alert, family members ask, Were you followed home or pronounce, Can t we enjoy life without worrying every single moment We follow the oldest son of the Schwartz family, Radu, to Paris where he had been given permission to study chemistry at the Cite Universitaire He also takes a part time job with Radio Free Europe and meets Ioana, an athletic raven haired beauty Their love blossoms but at a high cost for Radu She introduces him to a friend who secretly works fo...


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    The title put me off reading the book I thought it would be a boring history lesson for a place I don t know very much about But after reading the intro and the brief history lesson in the very beginning where the author broke down the facts behind some of the story it made me realize that this is the perfect way to do history Take actual events and throw in a little fiction to really get people connected to the story and history being told I won t give anything away for you but if you are reading the reviews for this then you must be interested already This is a great book, that in a way brought home George Orwell s 1984 for me To realize that these atrocities were happening to people and all the struggles they had to go through each and every day is heart breaking It just goes to show that shouldn t always believe what you are told The story starts with the family in Romania and the son brother has defected to France The story progresses thro...


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    Claudia Moscovici s Velvet Totalitarianism, addresses to any reader interested in comparing two political systems of the 80 s, before and during the fall of the Iron Curtain Eastern European totalitarianism and United States democracy By evoking the drama of family separation and the individual lives of the characters, the author traces the general and the particular experiences of a whole category of people constrained to move between political regimes in order to find answers to the questions of their lives The most outstanding characters of this novel, three ...


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