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READ PDF Ü Velvet Totalitarianism: Post-Stalinist Romania Ù 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 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 to the hardships suffered by the Romainains Claudia 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 to the hardships suffered by the Romainains Claudia Moscovici does and with this amazing novel she recreates all the angst suffered but ulitmatly it is a book of hope of victory and a book that must be readAN OFFICIAL JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READRICK FRIEDMANFOUNDERTHE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB 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 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 why we, as readers, should want Irina to end up with him.In conclusion, the parts that focus on historical context and events and on Irina s sense of displacement are quite good, but it gets bogged down too much by drawn out irrelevant plotlines to getthan a 3 star rating 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 hel 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 than her, who were wrecked with OCD The part is much heartwarming, for it depicted the return of the Romanian family from USA back home, amidst the Romanian revolution, which toppled Ceaucescu