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  • Published: 1 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141975894
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624
  • RRP: $29.99

Landscapes Of Communism

A History Through Buildings




Landscapes of Communism is an intimate history of twentieth-century communist Europe told through its buildings; it is, too, a book about power, and what power does in cities.

'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 SelfDuring the course of the twentieth century, communism took power in Eastern Europe and remade the city in its own image. Ransacking the urban planning of the grand imperial past, it set out to transform everyday life, its sweeping boulevards, epic high-rise and vast housing estates an emphatic declaration of a non-capitalist idea. Now, the regimes that built them are dead and long gone, but from Warsaw to Berlin, Moscow to post-Revolution Kiev, the buildings, their most obvious legacy, remain, populated by people whose lives were scattered and jeopardized by the collapse of communism and the introduction of capitalism.Landscapes of Communism is an intimate history of twentieth-century communist Europe told through its buildings; it is, too, a book about power, and what power does in cities. Most of all, Landscapes of Communism is a revelatory journey of discovery, plunging us into the maelstrom of socialist architecture. As we submerge into the metros, walk the massive, multi-lane magistrale and pause at milk bars in the microrayons, who knows what we might find?

  • Published: 1 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141975894
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624
  • RRP: $29.99

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Praise for Landscapes Of Communism

An epic, revelatory voyage into fantastical domains . . . vast factory-built housing estates, TV towers, the grandiose palaces and boulevards - Hatherley fills in these forms, and reveals their complexities . . . with insight, passion, humanity and wit

Rowan Moore, Observer

Intimate, witty and insightful

Ian Critchley, Sunday Times

Here are all the properties that have made him one of the most distinctive writers in England: acuity, contrariness, observational rigour, frankness and beautifully wrought prose . . . I can't think of anything remotely akin

Jonathan Meades

A brave, incisive, elegant and erudite writer

Will Self

Lively and entertaining . . . I recognised things I'd noticed myself; at other times, he showed me something I had missed or understood differently

Sheila Fitzpatrick, London Review of Books

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