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This paper is written with an aim to provide an analysis of the given subject matter. In the given text of “How we survived Communism and even Laughed”, it has observed that the writer encompasses the routine or general lives of people or women who are residing in the communist system. The author explained it in simple and influential way; the whole transformation she has experienced since her childhood to the period when the transformation was completed. To that point, Communism was converted into Democracy.
The reason for writing this paper is the taste of writing that I perceived was quite different. The way of expression was quite startling, but the impression she has put on reader’s mind is felt by me a little negative for the Communism. She concluded in ‘The Trivial is Political’ the remarks that drew my attention to such negativity: “At this precise moment, perhaps, the title of my book feels wrong. We may have survived communism, but we have not yet outlived it.”
The opening chapter, “You can’t drink your coffee alone” is full of loathe where she portrays a suicidal death in a beautiful way. The death was an outcome of the conditions of state. She discusses the worker in words that show the political ill and reason of her death, “She took the capitalist orientation of the state seriously”.
Throughout her journey, she takes her readers to different situations and circumstances of women of Eastern Europe. The stories reflect the material things and their importance in the lives of women of Eastern Europe. Commodities like soap, pizza, coffee, glass, machine and even make-up. It seems the importance of material things in the lives of women at a time under the regime of Communism. In fact, the way it has been portrayed, it makes me feel the deprivation state. This is clear indication of deprivation and subjugation of the state over the mob of the Eastern Europe. It does not only create denial, but it is the killer of self-image and a reason of self-destruction.
The words of denial can never be better posted in the chapter “Forward to the past” that, “I learned what every single child living under communism had to learn, that you can’t find everything you need all of the time and most likely cannot ever find anything.” Her literature vastly talks about minute and irrelevant things with great importance. This reflects injustice in the society in that era where people were dying to have better life standards. The author discusses the imposition of mindset and rules of the past era of new and modern society. The conflict of Czechs and Slovaks was entirely made clear and highlighted. She was disposing of the fact that if such problems that are considered minute at the level of the public would not have been solved then there is an excellent chance of prevalence of war between the nations.
The book I found is quite interesting where she wholeheartedly speaks about her feelings and experiences. She is not afraid of norms and political subservience. She only considers is to portray the truth, whatever the world thinks and how much ugly it is. History of that part is though ugly, but it is in real sense a part that cannot be eliminated. If someone is in search of Communism then reading from personal experiences, provide an excellent chance to take inception.
Drakulic, Slavenka. 1993. How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed. Orbis. Reprint ed. Vol. 37. Harper Perennial.