By Erika Gottlieb

Gottlieb juxtaposes the Western dystopian style with jap and significant ecu models, introducing a variety of works from Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. She demonstrates that authors who write approximately and lower than totalitarian dictatorship locate the worst of all attainable worlds now not in a hypothetical destiny yet within the historic truth of the writer's current or contemporary earlier. opposed to this kind of history the author assumes the position of witness, protesting opposed to a nightmare international that's yet shouldn't be. She introduces the works of Victor Serge, Vassily Grossmam, Alexander Zinoviev, Tibor Dery, Arthur Koestler, Vaclav Havel, and Istvan Klima, in addition to a bunch of others, all famous of their personal nations, offering them inside a framework tested via an unique and accomplished exploration of the styles underlying the extra regularly occurring Western works of dystopian fiction.

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