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Fear of Mirrors Paperback – 9 May 1998

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books (9 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900850109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900850100
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Ali folds his drama around the tight, cultlike atmosphere of Communist Party life, peopled by idealists who find their lives encumbered by betrayals, power grabs, and corruption and who, in the post-Communist era, must come to terms with their complicity with Stalinism ... This is a valuable book, especially for those interested in the current thinking of the European left.' --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born and educated in Pakistan and later at Oxford University, Tariq Ali is a writer, playwright and film-maker. He is an editor of the New Left Review and the author of over a dozen books on world history and politics; his first novel, Redemption, was published in 1990. It was followed in 1992 by Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, which has been translated into several languages and was awarded the Best Foreign Language Fiction Prize in Santiago de Compolesta, Spain, in 1995. Tariq Ali lives in London.

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Whenever one reads or hears about the cold war it is always related in abstractions. What this book does is injecting life to the whole period of the cold war. It gives us the actual experiences that people went through during that time. I was a little disappointed at the historical connection between the father, who was a devout marxist, and the son who is devout capitalist, not being explored further. The comparisons i think would have protruded a fascinating debate. That is more of a readers wish than the writer's weakness. It is though a great personification of that time and anyone interested in conceptualising that period from the people's perception of it, this is the book to read.
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