The ‘70s. An Eastern European country. A child, a family and a whole society trying to lead a normal life. At that point, that seemed to be the best way to make sense of a totalitarian system.

What were the economic, social and political circumstances that brought communism to that part of the world?

What was it like to be born, to grow up, to go to school, to work and, generally, to survive in a dictature?

What jokes did people make? What clothes did they wear? What cars did they drive? What did their flats look like? How did they manage to put food on the table? Where did they go on holidays?

Were people really brainwashed with propagandist messages and political ideology or were they just paying lip service to practices they probably disdained?

Did a coherent dissident movement exist or just individual dissidents, quickly silenced and repressed by the police state? To what extent did the fear of repression by Securitate mould people’s behaviour and attitude towards each other?

What were the advantages of belonging to the communist nomenklatura? Conversely, how did non-members of the party cope?

How were internal and external news presented in the party-owned media? Did people believe the triumphalist messages about exceeding five-year plan’s goals?

How did art reflect socialist reality?

What were people’s feelings regarding the dictator’s megalomania and how did they express them?

Follow this blog and you’ll find out. Or not. In any case, I’m looking forward to receiving your feedback.


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