Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings


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New Press
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6.1 X 1.6 X 9.4 inches | 2.2 pounds

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About the Author

Owen Hatherley is the author of the acclaimed "Militant Modernism," a defense of the modernist movement, and "A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain." He writes regularly on the political aesthetics of architecture, urbanism and popular culture for a variety of publications, including "Building Design," "Frieze," "The Guardian," and "New Statesman." He lives in London.


"An erudite and surprising study of what Soviet-era buildings said about the beliefs and hopes of the citizens. . . A wonderfully accessible, compelling guide to these Eastern European cities."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Owen Hatherley's eye is so acute, his architectural expertise so lightly deployed, his sympathies so wide and generous, that reading it is like a tour of a whole world of unsuspected curiosities and richnesses conducted by a guide whose wit is as refreshing as his knowledge is profound...I loved it, and I'll go back to it again and again."
--Philip Pullman

"In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things: a brave, incisive, elegant and erudite writer, whose books dissect the contemporary built environment to reveal the political fantasies and social realities it embodies."
--Will Self

"Hatherley has a wonderful eye for buildings and space, a good grasp of the history that spawned them, and a deft way of describing them...I'd better take his book, big though it is, in my backpack next time I go to Warsaw, Lviv, Bucharest or elsewhere in the old Soviet empire. I might even throw out Sytin and take it to Moscow."
--London Review of Books

"[Hatherley's] grasp of twentieth century social and cultural history is impressive, and he has created a witty, intimate and insightful book."
--Sunday Times (London)

"Owen Hatherley goes in search of socialism via an epic and insightful study of Eastern bloc architecture."
--The Guardian

"Hatherley takes us on an extraordinary tour of architecture in what could loosely be called the ex-Iron Curtain countries."
--The Independent