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Reading East of the Berlin Wall

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 October 2020

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The end of the cold war brought countless changes and challenges to everyone east of the Berlin Wall. Words—both printed and spoken—changed their meanings virtually overnight, and texts from the indices librorum prohibitorum (“lists of prohibited books”) carefully compiled by Communist authorities began to flood the newly commercialized book market in print runs of hundreds of thousands. “Living in truth” (Havel), and reading in it, suddenly appeared feasible.

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Theories and Methodologies New Geographies of Reading
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Copyright © Modern Language Association of America, 2019

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