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Best seller Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings (Paperback) by Hatherley Owen ERwFgu0G

Best seller Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings (Paperback) by Hatherley Owen ERwFgu0G

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'In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things: a brave incisive elegant and erudite writer whose books dissect the contemporary built environment to reveal the political fantasies and social realities it embodies.' (Will Self). During the course of the twentieth century communism took power in Eastern Europe and remade the city in its own image. Ransacking the urban planning of the grand imperial past it set out to transform everyday life its sweeping boulevards epic high-rise and vast housing estates an emphatic declaration of a non-capitalist idea. Now the regimes that built them are dead and long gone but from Warsaw to Berlin Moscow to post - Revolution Kiev the buildings their most obvious legacy remain populated by people whose lives were scattered and jeopardized by the collapse of communism and the introduction of capitalism. Landscapes of Communism is an intimate history of twentieth-century communist Europe told through its buildings; it is too a book about power and what power does in cities. Most of all Landscapes of Communism is a revelatory journey of discovery plunging us into the maelstrom of socialist architecture. As we submerge into the metros walk the massive multi-lane magistrale and pause at milk bars in the microrayons who knows what we might find?



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