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Pleasures on the Periphery

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Pleasures on the Periphery (English shop)

John Coates (Author)


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ISBN-13 (Hard Copy) 9783736976320
ISBN-13 (eBook) 9783736966321
Language English
Page Number 108
Lamination of Cover matt
Edition 1.
Publication Place Göttingen
Publication Date 2022-06-24
General Categorization Biography
Departments Recent and contemporary history
Keywords socialism with a human face, socialism, Hungary, Sicily, Poland, London, Cambridge, Cuba crisis, East Germany, Slubice, Financial Times, social status, Catania, Mount Etna, Acireale, village life, sociology, Finland, Mezzogiorno, Rome, Hitler, Jyväskylä, fascists, money, mafia, Cosa Nostra, Warsaw, Albert Camus, Philip Larkin, Menefreghismo, Lambretta, Messina, Agrigento, Roman history, tourist boom, Lucretius, Latin, Targa Florio, Marx, Engels, Orwell, Soviets, Czechoslovakia, Savernake Forest, Communist Youth Organisation, brigades, Anna Karenina, Kádár, First of May, Jaruzelski, Rosicrucians, USSR, Budapest, Sonning-on-Thames, Satu Mare, Romania, Unrechtsstaat, Kerouac, KGB, Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cole Porter, Red Army, Vienna, Billie Holiday, German Democratic Republic, GDR, Odivelas, Lisbon, Miles Davis, BBC, peasants, Sopron, Sartre, Balf, Wehrmacht, KISZ, Russia, Chekhov, Gorbachev, Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, EC, World Bank, Kalashnikov, töltött káposta, Austrian German, McCartney, Allkauf, Carnaby Street, Loch Awe, Sozialismus mit menschlichem Antlitz, Sozialismus, Ungarn, Sizilien, Polen, Kuba-Krise, Ostdeutschland, Sozialstatus, Catania, Ätna, Dorfleben, Soziologie, Finnland, Rom, Faschisten, Geld, Warschau, Römische Geschichte, Touristenboom, Latein, Sowjets, Tschechoslowakei, Wald von Savernake, Kommunistischer Jugend-Verband, Brigaden, Maifeiertag, Rosenkreuzer, UdSSR, Rumänien, Rote Armee, Wien, Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR, Lissabon, einfaches Landvolk, Russland, Tschechow, Gorbatschow, EU, Weltbank, Kalaschnikow, Österreichisch
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PLEASURES on the PERIPHERY is a collection of authentic, occasionally surreal observations of life and work in the provinces of Sicily and People’s Hungary 1966-1970. The narrator was short of money, trying to survive like everyone else, very much out on his own – but through his work in a position to encounter a wide cross-section of society. Twenty years later he was one of a team assisting in the local transition from communism to democracy (‘Hello What?’) in the distant south of Hungary, supported by an EC grant. The concept of ‘socialism with a human face’ pervades many of the descriptions included in this book and acts as a recurrent theme in its vignettes.

The book includes a number of original photographs, and begins and ends with excursions to two non-peripheral places, London and the cloudy south-west of Poland.