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In search of lost meaning : the new Eastern Europe /
Adam Michnik ; edited by Irena Grudzińska Gross ; translated by Roman S. Czarny ; with a foreword by Václav Havel ; and an introduction by John Darnton.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
description
xix, 224 p.
ISBN
0520269233 (cloth), 9780520269231 (cloth)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
isbn
0520269233 (cloth)
9780520269231 (cloth)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
7458154
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Excerpts
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"Yet another collection of brilliant essays by Adam Michnik, which shows again how an intellectual deeply engaged in politics can at the same time be a profound thinker." Jan T. Gross, author of Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland "Lionized and celebrated by many, attacked and besmirched by some, Adam Michnik is a major public intellectual, a passionately lucid interpreter of post-communist ideological and political debates, a moral (not moralistic) thinker, and a courageous polemicist. As a dissident, he did not waver in defying the totalitarian system. After 1989, he has remained loyal to his values: trust, truth, tolerance. In this book he responds to his opponents, adamantly defending his choices and ideals. One may agree or disagree with Michnik, but one cannot but recognize his frankness, honesty and unswerving commitment to liberal values." Vladimir Tismaneanu, author of Stalinism for All Seasons: A Political History of Romanian Communism
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"In this series of vibrant, far-reaching essays, the inimitable and indispensable Adam Michnik, leading activist and intellectual progenitor of the Solidarity movement, turns his attention to the post-Communist era. Combining personal reminiscence, deep historical learning and polemics in a style that is all his own, he widens his scope to examine issues that have afflicted not only Eastern Europe but the world since the fall of Communism: the rise of right-wing gutter politics, the impact of neo-liberal economics, the new temptations of authoritarianism even as freedom has won an historic victory." Jonathan Schell, author of The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger "Yet another collection of brilliant essays by Adam Michnik, which shows again how an intellectual deeply engaged in politics can at the same time be a profound thinker." Jan T. Gross, author of Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland "Lionized and celebrated by many, attacked and besmirched by some, Adam Michnik is a major public intellectual, a passionately lucid interpreter of post-communist ideological and political debates, a moral (not moralistic) thinker, and a courageous polemicist. As a dissident, he did not waver in defying the totalitarian system. After 1989, he has remained loyal to his values: trust, truth, tolerance. In this book he responds to his opponents, adamantly defending his choices and ideals. One may agree or disagree with Michnik, but one cannot but recognize his frankness, honesty and unswerving commitment to liberal values." Vladimir Tismaneanu, author of Stalinism for All Seasons: A Political History of Romanian Communism
Reviews
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"[Michnik] is the finest champion of everything that has been achieved [in Poland], an eloquent expositor of the moral issues that underlie the conflicts of his lifetime. His latest collection of essays, In Search of Lost Meaning, does not disappoint."
"[Michnik] is the finest champion of everything that has been achieved [in Poland], an eloquent expositor of the moral issues that underlie the conflicts of his lifetime. His latest collection of essays, In Search of Lost Meaning, does not disappoint."-- New York Review of Books
"Michnik's book is . . . a balanced and insightful treatment of the lessons of history and the notions of power and politics. It is a well-written, erudite work that deserves to be read and reflected upon."
"Michnik's book is . . . a balanced and insightful treatment of the lessons of history and the notions of power and politics. It is a well-written, erudite work that deserves to be read and reflected upon."-- Law Society Journal
"Serious inquiry supports civility in public life, inquisition damages it, and whatever reservations some might have about his positions on particular issues, these essays show Michnik to be very much a mainstay of that civility."
"This profoundly important book throws light not only on recent events, but also on the thinking of one of their most important protagonists."
"This profoundly important book throws light not only on recent events, but also on the thinking of one of their most important protagonists."-- Foreword
"A powerful collection of essays."
"In special cases, one closes a book with the mind churning, stirred by the arguments within. In still rarer cases, one sets down the book and is moved by the spirit and character of its author. This is one such book."-- Foreign Affairs
"A powerful collection of essays."-- The Economist
"In special cases, one closes a book with the mind churning, stirred by the arguments within. In still rarer cases, one sets down the book and is moved by the spirit and character of its author. This is one such book."
"Serious inquiry supports civility in public life, inquisition damages it, and whatever reservations some might have about his positions on particular issues, these essays show Michnik to be very much a mainstay of that civility."-- First Things
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Summaries
Main Description
In this new collection of essays, Adam Michnik--one of Europe's leading dissidents--traces the post-cold-war transformation of Eastern Europe. He writes again in opposition, this time to post-communist elites and European Union bureaucrats. Composed of history, memoir, and political critique, In Search of Lost Meaning shines a spotlight on the changes in Poland and the Eastern Bloc in the post-1989 years. Michnik asks what mistakes were made and what we can learn from climactic events in Poland's past, in its literature, and the histories of Central and Eastern Europe. He calls attention to pivotal moments in which central figures like Lech Walesa and political movements like Solidarity came into being, how these movements attempted to uproot the past, and how subsequent events have ultimately challenged Poland's enduring ethical legacy of morality and liberalism. Reflecting on the most recent efforts to grapple with Poland's Jewish history and residual guilt, this profoundly important book throws light not only on recent events, but also on the thinking of one of their most important protagonists.
Main Description
In this new collection of essays, Adam Michnik--one of Europe's leading dissidents--traces the post-cold-war transformation of Eastern Europe. He writes again in opposition, this time to post-communist elites and European Union bureaucrats. Composed of history, memoir, and political critique,In Search of Lost Meaningshines a spotlight on the changes in Poland and the Eastern Bloc in the post-1989 years. Michnik asks what mistakes were made and what we can learn from climactic events in Poland's past, in its literature, and the histories of Central and Eastern Europe. He calls attention to pivotal moments in which central figures like Lech Walesa and political movements like Solidarity came into being, how these movements attempted to uproot the past, and how subsequent events have ultimately challenged Poland's enduring ethical legacy of morality and liberalism. Reflecting on the most recent efforts to grapple with Poland's Jewish history and residual guilt, this profoundly important book throws light not only on recent events, but also on the thinking of one of their most important protagonists.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this collection of essays Adam Michnik traces the post-Cold War transformation of Eastern Europe.
Table of Contents
Foreword: About Michnikp. vii
Editor's Notep. ix
Introductionp. xv
Anniversaries
Poland at the Turning Point: Fifteen Years of Transformation, Fifteen Years of Gazeta Wyborczap. 3
In Search of Lost Meaning: The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Solidarity Movementp. 22
Rage and Shame, Sadness and Pride: The Twenty-Fourth Anniversary of the Imposition of Martial Lawp. 37
The Bitter Memory of Budapest: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Budapest Uprisingp. 59
The Work of Hatred
The Sadness of the Gutterp. 75
Accusers and Traitorsp. 98
The Accusers and the Noncivic Actsp. 114
A Wound upon Adam Mickiewicz's Browp. 134
The Complex Polish-Jewish Matters
The Kielce Pogrom: Two Examinations of Consciencep. 173
The Shock of Jedwabnep. 204
Glossary: Guide to Events and Peoplep. 213
Indexp. 217
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