Picnic at the Iron Curtain: A Memoir: From the fall of the Berlin Wall to Ukraine's Orange Revolution

Picnic at the Iron Curtain: A Memoir: From the fall of the Berlin Wall to Ukraine's Orange Revolution

Susan Viets


Picnic on the Iron Curtain received a 2013 subsequent iteration Indie booklet Awards finalist's award. it's also a 2012 Foreword's booklet of the 12 months Award finalist and acquired an honorable point out on the 2013 San Francisco publication pageant. Welcome to the realm of collapsing Communism. it's the eve of the autumn of the Berlin Wall while individuals are nonetheless prepared to chance all to go the Iron Curtain to the West. during this adventure-packed memoir Susan Viets, a scholar became journalist, arrives in Communist Hungary in 1988 and starts reporting for the mother or father, by no means ready for what lies forward. She is helping East Germans get away to the West at a picnic, strikes to the Soviet Union the place she battles specialists for accreditation because the first overseas journalist in Ukraine after which watches, surprised, because the whole political method collapses. Lured by means of new commute possibilities, Viets outlets her manner throughout crucial Asia, stumbling right into a tank assault in Tajikistan and the beginning of the Tajik civil conflict. "Picnic on the Iron Curtain" indicates each day humans on the centre of dramatic occasions from Budapest to Bishkek and Chernobyl to Chechnya. it's a memoir that spans a interval of momentous ancient switch from 1988-1998, following via with an eyewitness account of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution in 2004.

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