R U R A L P O L A N D:
Ready for the Chop
Poland's antiquated and inefficient farming sector urgently needs a drastic overhaul. If restructuring succeeds, however, an employment crisis will be hard to avoid. Not surprisingly, the political consensus necessary to implement such a delicate plan is nowhere in sight.
C Z E C H F U D G E:
Nothing but Nation
The rhetoric of "national interests" is heard ever more frequently in the Czech Republic, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that the major political parties do not consider rapid EU entry to be in the national interest.
Books and Literature
P R O S E:
A Lovely Tale of
Last month, the ever-unpredictable Prague-based publisher, Twisted Spoon Press, again threw a tasty morsel to English-speaking fans of Central
European literature with yet another addition to its Contemporary Writing
in Central Europe Series - the unique "film novella" A Lovely Tale of
Photography from Hungarian writer Petr Nadas. This week, CER brings you
an excerpt from this hallucinatory piece of prose-poetry.
N E W G E N E R A T I O N:
Part 3 - Tradition and normality
Jewish identity for those in Central Europe who are grandchildren of the survivors of the Second World War has long been rumoured to be a largely unconscious affair, if not completely extinct. In post-war Central Europe, identity was torn between the twin temptations of assimilation and emigration. However, a group of young intellectuals from this "third generation" after the Holocaust are currently challenging this view. In this, the final part of this series, we will look at how these authors view the concepts of tradition and normality.
The CER Book Shop:
Books about Central and Eastern Europe
Have a look at CER's list of books on the region - all available from Amazon.com. The list is divided into five subject headings: cinema, literature, politics, history and economics.
M u s i c
S U P P L E M E N T:
The CER Music Shop
In co-operation with Amazon.com, Central Europe Review offers you this on-line shopping supplement.
O n D i s p l a y
E V E N T S:
Coming Up in the UK
Details of selected Central and East European cultural events in the UK over the next few weeks.
Andrew J Horton
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