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Free : a child and a country at the end of history

Ypi, Lea 1979- (author.).

Summary: "A reflection on "freedom" in a dramatic, beautifully written memoir of the end of Communism in the Balkans. Lea Ypi grew up in the last Stalinist country in Europe: Albania, a place of queuing and scarcity, of political executions and secret police. While family members disappeared to what she was told were "universities" from which few "graduated", she swore loyalty to the Party. In her eyes, people were equal, neighbors helped each other, and children were expected to build a better world. Then the statues of Stalin and Hoxha were toppled. Almost overnight, people could vote and worship freely and invest in hopes of striking it rich. But factories shut, jobs disappeared and thousands fled to Italy, only to be sent back. Pyramid schemes bankrupted the country, leading to violence. One generation's dreams became another's disillusionment. As her own family's secrets were revealed, Lea found herself questioning what "freedom" really means. With acute insight and wit, Lea Ypi traces the perils of ideology, and what people need to flourish."--

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393867732
  • ISBN: 0393867730
  • Physical Description: print
    267 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in UK under the title FREE: Coming of age at the end of history"--title page verso.
Formatted Contents Note: Stalin -- The other Ypi -- 471: a brief biography -- Uncle Enver is dead -- Coca-Cola cans -- Comrade Mamuazel -- They smell of sun cream -- Brigatista -- Ahmet got his degree -- The end of history -- Grey socks -- A letter from Athens -- Everyone wants to leave -- Competitive games -- I always carried a knife -- It's all part of civil society -- The crocodile -- Structural reforms -- Don't cry -- Like the rest of Europe -- Philosophers have only interpreted the world; the point is to change it.
Subject: Ypi, Lea 1979- Childhood and youth
Albanians Biography
Political scientists Biography
Albania History 20th century
Albania Politics and government 20th century
Genre: Autobiographies.

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