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'Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West' with Agata Pyzik

Marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Agata will be speaking about the continued cultural divide that separates East and West Europe.


BOOK TALK
'Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West'
with Agata Pyzik
Wednesday 26th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Agata will be speaking about the continued cultural divide that separates East and West Europe.

The passengers of the low-budget airlines go East for stag parties, and they go West for work; but the East stays East, and West stays West. Caricatures abound - the Polish plumber in the tabloids, the New Cold War in the broadsheets and the endless search for 'the new Berlin' for hipsters.

Against the stereotypes, Agata Pyzik peers behind the curtain to take a look at the secret histories of Eastern Europe and its tortured relations with the West. Neoliberalism and mass migration, post-punk and the Bowiephile obsession with the Eastern Bloc, Orientalism and 'self-colonisation', the emancipatory potentials of Socialist Realism, the possibility of a non-Western idea of modernity and futurism, and the place of Eastern Europe in any current revival of 'the idea of communism' – all are much more complex and surprising than they appear.

Agata’s book ‘Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West’ (2014, Zero Books) refuses both a dewy-eyed Nostalgia for the 'good old days' and the equally desperate desire to become a 'normal part of Europe', reclaiming instead the idea of an Other Europe.


Speaker(s):

Agata Pyzik | talks

 

Date and Time:

26 November 2014 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London
N1 9DX
020 7837 4473
http://www.housmans.com/

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Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

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020 7837 4473
www.housmans.com

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