The political lives of dead bodies : reburial and postsocialist change /
|Published:||New York : Columbia University Press, c1999.|
|Series:||Annual W. Averell Harriman Lecture.
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|Main Author:||Verdery, Katherine.|
As socialist regimes crumbled across Eastern Europe and statues of their leaders were dismantled, another pattern arose in the former Iron Curtain nations: the bodies of political leaders, revolutionary heroes, artists, and other luminaries were taken from their graves to be reinterred - and in many cases, repatriated - in new, symbolically charged locations. What forces inspired these exhumations of long-dead spirits of Eastern Europe's past, from composer Bela Bartok's New York-Budapest journey to evictions of a group of Romanian communist leaders from their exalted mausoleums to a scattering of humble graveyards? What are the effects for the living of removing the bones of the dead from their resting places for ceremonial - or unceremonious - reburial?
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|Physical Description:||xvi, 185 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Bibliography:||Includes bibliographical references (p. -175) and index.|
|ISBN:||0231112300 (acid-free paper)|