The Last Hundred Days

The Last Hundred Days

Book - 2011
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The socialist state is in crisis, the shops are empty and old Bucharest vanishes daily under the onslaught of Ceaucescu's demolition gangs. Paranoia is pervasive and secret service men lurk in the shadows. In this book, Patrick McGuinness creates an absorbing sense of time and place as the city struggles to survive this intense moment in history. He evokes a world of extremity and ravaged beauty from the viewpoint of an outsider uncomfortably, and often dangerously, close to the eye of the storm as the regime of 1980s Romania crumbles to a bloody end.
Publisher: Bridgend, Wales : Seren, 2011.
ISBN: 9781854115416
1854115413
Branch Call Number: FIC MACG

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2013

This is a well-written, fictional account of the last days of the Ceausescu regime, which was characterized by repression and corruption. It paints a portrait of Bucharest being destroyed by Soviet architecture and provides a good sense of a society under surveillance where nothing is as it seems.

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gsprules
Nov 24, 2012

A bit dark and long but nevertheless aninteresting insight into the last days of a despot's reign in Romania.

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AndrewTerMarsch
Sep 20, 2012

Such an interesting book:, full of great metaphors, fascinating characters, and a rich history of the period leading up to the Romanian Revolution. I learned a lot, both of history and of good literature It was a joy to read and I really felt like I was "there."

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jkrejci
Sep 01, 2012

Solid, nicely written novel of suspense and intrigue. Evokes the mood of communist Eastern Europe nicely.

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