or Murder on Steep Street
On Sale: June 2, 2015
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Non-Fiction Memoir | True Crime
Famed Holocaust memoirist Heda Margoulis KovĂˇly (Under a
Cruel Star) knits her own terrifying experiences in Soviet
Prague into a powerful, Raymond Chandler-esque work of
1950s Prague is a city of numerous small terrors, of
political tyranny, corruption and surveillance. There is no
way of knowing whether oneâ€™s neighbor is spying for the
government, or what oneâ€™s supposed friend will say under
pressure to a State Security agent. A loyal Party member
might be imprisoned or executed as quickly as a traitor;
innocence means nothing for a person caught in a government
But there are larger terrors, too. When a little boy is
murdered at the cinema where his aunt works, the ensuing
investigation sheds a little too much light on the personal
lives of the cinemaâ€™s female ushers, each of whom is hiding
a dark secret of her own.
Nearly lost to censorship, this rediscovered gem of Czech
literature depicts a chilling moment in history, redolent
with the stifling atmosphere of political and personal
oppression of the early days of Communist Czechoslovakia.
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