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Fear of Mirrors
Author: Tariq Ali

ISBN: 9781906497156
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 16 June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 15.9 x 4.1
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In this novel from esteemed political writer Tariq Ali, a father, Vlady, loses his job when he refuses to renounce socialist beliefs in the newly unified Germany—and as a result wants to explain to his alienated son what their family’s long and passionate involvement with communism has really meant. The story he tells is of Ludwik, a Polish secret agent and Gertrude, Vlady’s mother, whose desire for Ludwik is matched only by her devotion to the communist ideal. As the plot unfolds through the political upheavals of the twentieth century, Vlady describes the hopes aroused by the Bolshevik revolution and discovers the almost unbearable truth about the family’s betrayal. Written with deep political insight and sensitivity, Fear of Mirrors relates the extraordinary history of Central Europe from the perspective of those on the other side of the cold war.

“Ali folds his drama around the tight, cultlike atmosphere of Communist Party life, peopled by idealists who find ...

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