Gottland

Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia

by Mariusz Szczygiel

Hardcover, 276 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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Title
Gottland
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Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia
Author
Mariusz Szczygiel

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A cultural history of Czechoslovakia is presented through the stories of artists, writers and performers whose lives and careers where radically altered by 20th-century Communist ideologies. Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

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Welcome to Gottland! Home of . . .

• The world's largest statue of Stalin .?.?. and the man who had to blow it up
• The screenwriter who discovered his life had been filmed on secret cameras
• Mrs. Kvitová, champion goose-plucker
• Kafka's niece
• The pulp novelist who reinvented himself .?.?. as a socialist-realist pulp novelist
• The Czech Levittown
• The pop star who became the voice of the Prague Spring