The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain (Words Without Borders Anthologies)

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"A year or so after the Wall came down, I paid a brief visit to Moscow. The first thing I noticed was that the taxi cab drivers in Moscow, always masters of small talk, were repeating themselves." Dubravka Ugresic, from "The Souvenirs Of Communism"

On the night of November 9, 1989, after months of unrest in Europe and East Germany, the checkpoints between East and West Berlin were suddenly, almost accidentally, opened, reuniting the two sides of the divided city, and bringing together a divided Europe and two worlds that had been apart for nearly thirty years. However, the fall of the Berlin Wall was just one of many signs of change that came with 1989; before long a spate of revolutions, the "Autumn of Nations," had spread across Europe and by December, it appeared that the Cold War was over.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of this momentous collapse, and to shed some light on how it came to pass, Words without Borders presents The Wall in My Head, an exciting anthology that features fiction, essays, images, and original documents to pick up where most popular accounts of the Cold War end, and trace the path of the revolutionary spirit of 1989 from its origins to the present day.

The Wall in My Head combines work from the generation of writers and artists who witnessed the fall of the Iron Curtain firsthand with the impressions and reflections of those who grew up in its wake and whose work, childhoods, and memories are all colored by the long shadow that it cast. The Wall in My Head provides a unique view into the change, optimism, and confusion that came with 1989 and examines how each of these has weathered the twenty years since that fateful year.

Highlights within include seminal excerpts from the work of Milan Kundera, Peter Schneider, Ryszard Kapuściński, Vladimir Sorokin and Victor Pelevin and new work from Péter Esterházy, Andrzej Stasiuk, Muharem Bazdulj, Maxim Trudolubov, Dorota Maslowska, Uwe Tellkamp, Dan Sociu, David Zábranský, Christhard Läpple, and a host of others.

Words Without Borders is a nonprofit entity dedicated to publishing and promoting international literature in translation. Responsible for a number of anthologies, including Literature from the "Axis of Evil", Table & Pen, and The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.

Keith Gessen was born in Russia and educated at Harvard and Syracuse. He is the founding editor of the magazine n+1 and author of the novel All the Sad Young Literary Men.

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Words Without Borders is a nonprofit entity dedicated to publishing and promoting international literature in translation. Responsible for a number of anthologies, including Literature from the "Axis of Evil", Table & Pen, and The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.

Keith Gessen was born in Russia and educated at Harvard and Syracuse. He is the founding editor of the magazine n+1 and author of the novel All the Sad Young Literary Men.

Here is a complete list of contributors to this volume:

Keith Gessen
Milan Kundera
Wladimir Kaminer
Victor Pelevin
Mihaly Kornis
Pawel Huelle
Mircea Cartarescu
Dmitri Savitski
Zbigniew Herbert
Matthew Zapruder
Eugen Jebeleanu
Ryszard Kapuscinski
Uwe Tellkamp
Masha Gessen
Peter Schneider
Vladimir Sorokin
Paul Wilson
Annett Groschner
Dubravka Ugresic
Durs Grunbein
Judith Sollosy
Peter Esterhazy
Stanislav Komarek
Christhard Lapple
Dorota Maslowska
Dan Sociu
Andrzej Stasiuk
Stefan Heym
Irakli Josebashvili
Maxim Trudolubov
David Zabransky
Muharem Bazdulj

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"Readers will experience their optimism, hopes, dreams, and disappointment with the communist society as it was implemented in Easter Europe, as well as the joy and confusion following the collapse of the curtain. Students, along with general readers who enjoy genres from memoir to 20th-century global culture and world history, should consider this volume."—Library Journal

"The Wall in My Head isn't a meditation on the end of communism in the Soviet Bloc, but its history entire—its successes, its failures, and its absurdities. Though provoking, oddly nostalgic, and ultimately inconclusive, The Wall in My Head is a worthy investigation of a way of life which, for all its flaws, found a place in the hearts of millions."—Daniel K. Lakhdhir, The Harvard Crimson

"The editors have arranged these high-caliber works to create a tension between celebratory and somber writing, and that gives the book a touch of greatness. From one chapter to the next you never know when in time or where on the map you'll land next."—Matt Jakubowski, The Brooklyn Rail

"The Wall in My Head succeeds because it doesn't feel like a reenactment or a rehashing or a celebration or even a condemnation. What it does feel like is intelligent people grappling with difficult questions in very human ways that are often funny or sad or both."—Amanda DeMarco, The Front Table

"All these pieces—stories, novel excerpts, poems, essays, memoirs—have appeared before (with the exception of a fine introduction by Keith Gessen), but it is good to have them in one volume, both for purposes of comparison and also because each is so short and potent that when one is finished another becomes immediately necessary."—Joshua Cohen, Tablet

"Somehow in the mere 231 pages of this book, the editors have successfully given an overview of the reactions to the fall of the Wall inside these countries and abroad, and from nearly every sector of society from politicians to pop culture icons to literary figures."—Okla Elliott, Inside Higher Ed

"From the Yugoslav standpoint, the Cold War was like a football match in which the team you would usually root for is not playing; at the beginning you are neutral (or, like us, "non-aligned"), but over the course of the match you take joy in the good moves of a player from one or the other team, and your sympathies typically lie with whatever side is currently the underdog."—Muharem Badulj, from "The Noble School"

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