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  • Published: 6 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473532052
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Bloc Life

Stories from the Lost World of Communism




For the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, riveting stories of daily life behind the Iron Curtain


There was life before the fall.

1989 was a year of astonishing and rapid change: the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and an end to an entire way of life for millions of people behind the Iron Curtain. Bloc Life collects first hand testimony of the people who lived in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the Cold War era, and reveals a rich tapestry of experience that goes beyond the headlines of spies and surveillance, secret police and political corruption. In fact, many of the people remember their lives under communism as 'perfectly ordinary' and even hanker for the 'security' that it offered.

From political leaders, athletes and pop stars, to cooks, miners and cosmonauts, the stories collected in Bloc Life evoke the moods, preoccupations and experiences of a world that vanished almost overnight.

  • Pub date: 6 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473532052
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Peter Molloy

Peter Molloy is a multi-award winning producer of history and current affairs series for the BBC. He is the producer of Lost World of Communism, and his other credits include CIA, a history of America's intelligence agency , Plague Wars, about chemical and biological warfare, Dirty Money, about international financial crime, Tobacco Wars, Suez, and Clear the Skies, about 9/11. This is his first book. He lives in London.


Praise for Bloc Life

“The stories are by turns harrowing, miraculous and utterly compelling”

The Sunday Times

“This is a powerful and moving book evoking a way of life that seems long gone and far away, but was endured by millions of people less than 20 years ago, and just a few hundred miles away”

The Mail on Sunday


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