The Last Hundred Days

The Last Hundred Days

Book - 2011
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"Set during Ceausescu's last hundred days in power... When our narrator, a young English student with a damaged past and an uncertain future, arrives in Bucharest he finds himself in a job he never applied for. With duties that become increasingly ambiguous and precarious, he soon finds himself uncomfortably and often dangerously close to the eye of the storm. He learns, as he goes, the uncertainty of friendships in a surveillance society: friendships that are compromised and riddled with danger and duplicity. He encounters dissidents, party apparatchiks, black-markerteers, diplomats, spies and ordinary Romanians, their lives all intertwined against a background of severe poverty and repression as Europe's most paranoid regime plays out its bloody endgame. The socialist state is in stasis, the shops are empty and old Bucharest vanishes daily under the onslaught of Ceausescu’s demolition gangs. Paranoia is pervasive and secret service men lurk in the shadows."-- Publisher description.
Publisher: Bridgend : Seren, 2011
ISBN: 9781854115416
Branch Call Number: MCG
Characteristics: 377 p. ; 21 cm


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Aug 01, 2013

This is a well-written, fictional account of the last days of the Ceausescu regime, which was characterized by repression and corruption. It paints a portrait of Bucharest being destroyed by Soviet architecture and provides a good sense of a society under surveillance where nothing is as it seems.

Nov 24, 2012

A bit dark and long but nevertheless aninteresting insight into the last days of a despot's reign in Romania.

Sep 20, 2012

Such an interesting book:, full of great metaphors, fascinating characters, and a rich history of the period leading up to the Romanian Revolution. I learned a lot, both of history and of good literature It was a joy to read and I really felt like I was "there."

Sep 01, 2012

Solid, nicely written novel of suspense and intrigue. Evokes the mood of communist Eastern Europe nicely.

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