New Books Network

Gediminas Lankauskas, “The Land of Weddings and Rain: Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania” (U Toronto Press, 2015)
Gediminas Lankauskas’ new book The Land of Weddings and Rain: Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania (University of Toronto Press, 2015) is “an ethnography concerned with the ambiguities, paradoxes, ruptures and incongruities of social life brought about by processes of global ‘modernization’ in a periphery of post-socialist Eastern Europe” (5).... Read More
Christopher A. Molnar, “Memory, Politics, and Yugoslav Migrations to Postwar Germany” (Indiana UP, 2018)
During Europe’s 2015 refugee crisis, more than a hundred thousand asylum seekers from the western Balkans sought refuge in Germany. This was nothing new, however; immigrants from the Balkans have streamed into West Germany in massive numbers throughout the long postwar era. In his book Memory, Politics, and Yugoslav Migrations to... Read More
April Eisman, “Bernhard Heisig and the Fight for Modern Art in East Germany” (Camden House, 2018)
In her book, Bernhard Heisig and the Fight for Modern Art in East Germany (Camden House, 2018), April Eisman examines one of East Germany’s most successful artists as a point of entry into the vibrant art world of the “other” Germany. In the 1980s, Bernhard Heisig (1925-2011) was praised on... Read More
Jelena Subotić, “Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism” (Cornell UP, 2019)
In her new book Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism (Cornell University Press, 2019) Jelena Subotić asks why Holocaust memory continues to be so deeply troubled―ignored, appropriated, and obfuscated―throughout Eastern Europe, even though it was in those lands that most of the extermination campaign occurred. As part of... Read More
Katya Cengel, “From Chernobyl with Love” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Katya Cengel’s From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) is an engaging memoir of a Western newspaper reporter’s youthful experiences in Latvia and Ukraine, in the turbulent years from the late 1990’s through the early 2000’s. Interspersed with lively anecdotes,... Read More
Oleksandra Humenna, “Ukraine 2030: The Doctrine of Sustainable Development” (ADEF-Ukraine, 2018)
Ukraine 2030: The Doctrine of Sustainable Development (ADEF-Ukraine LTD, 2018) offers a program that includes complex strategies for the economic development of Ukraine. This program was developed on the basis of data that were collected and analyzed by leading economists and researchers of Ukraine. When designing strategies that will help... Read More
Emanuela Grama, “Socialist Heritage: The Politics of Past and Place in Romania” (Indiana UP, 2019)
Focusing on Romania from 1945 to 2016, Emanuela Grama‘s new book Socialist Heritage: The Politics of Past and Place in Romania (Indiana University Press, 2019) explores the socialist state’s attempt to create its own heritage, as well as the legacy of that project. Contrary to arguments that the socialist regimes... Read More