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Dancing Bears by Witold Szablowski

Dancing Bears

Dancing Bears by Witold Szablowski
Mar 06, 2018 | 256 Pages
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“Witold Szabłowski is a born storyteller. His reports from the post-Communist world read like fairy-tales with the stench of reality. Absurd, darkly funny, compassionate, his book is a literary jewel.” —Ian Buruma, author of Year Zero and Murder in Amsterdam
“Mixing bold journalism with bolder allegories, Mr. Szabłowski teaches us with witty persistence that we must desire freedom rather than simply expect it.” —Timothy Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny, Black Earth, and Bloodlands

“Should be required reading for anyone hoping to understand the growing appeal of authoritarian leaders in Eastern Europe today . . . Combining black humor with lyrical prose, Szabłowski brilliantly captures the tragic disorientation of men and women whose lives were bifurcated by the sudden collapse of Communism and ruthless onslaught of neoliberal capitalism. . . . A poignant allegory about the human costs of regime change.” —Kristen Ghodsee, author of Red Hangover: Legacies of Twentieth-Century Communism

“A fascinating and wide-ranging book that shows how, across different and diverse species, old habits die slowly, if at all. Humans, like other animals, often don’t know when they’ve gained freedom because conditions of oppression have become the norm and they’re unable to adjust to a newfound lack of restraint. Szabłowski’s clever and metaphorical use of dancing bears to make this point is beautifully done.” —Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado; coauthor of The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Age of Humans

“What a gem of a book. . . . So eloquent and original about the psychological transition from regimes.” —Ruth Ben-Ghiat, New York University

“A brisk narrative [and] a surprising look at societies grappling with profound change.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Heartrending . . . A sharply drawn account.” —Publishers Weekly

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