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Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West by [Pyzik, Agata]
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Poland's martyrological complex, modes of social realism, former communist nations as essentially postcolonial ideas, some more developed than others, tumble from each page creating a kind of swarm energy that's a pleasing antidote to the tasteful mourning found in so many books about eastern Europe. There's an urgency and intensity to Poor But Sexy that's entirely in keeping with Pyzik's assertion that the key cultural feature of pre-1989 Poland was highmindedness:We didn't have permissiveness for schlock. Read the full review at http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/aug/07/poor-but-sexy-culture-clashes-europe-east-west-agata-pyzik-review --Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian, London

I think the book is extremely good, readable, of interest to a variety of communities (artists, art critics, cultural critics, historians, commentators on the Left etc). I recommend it enthusiastically. --Esther Leslie Professor of Political Aesthetics Birkbeck

Written in an absorbing, sardonic and irreverent style and backed by an impressive weight of historical, cultural and political knowledge, Poor But Sexy is a refusal to accept the currently collapsing neoliberal settlement as the best of all possible worlds, and a reopening of spaces where we should not be hesitant or embarrassed to look for alternatives --Rhian Jones, Morning Star

About the Author

Agata Pyzik is a Polish journalist who divides her time between Warsaw and London, where she has already established herself as a writer on art, music and culture for various magazines, including The Wire, Icon, Guardian, Afterall and Frieze.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12344 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (28 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IIWM686
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really wanted to like this. I lived in Poland in the early 90s and live here again now so am interested in the subject. The book has flashes of brilliance and there were many interesting references that had me Googling films, books, bands etc. for further research. The problem is that it reads like a rambling mess. It seems every idea the author ever had has been thrown in randomly. I think it would have been better if it just stuck to Poland without the slapdash tour of the 'East'. Many ideas could be books in themselves. Often a topic is brought up more than once as if it was for the first time. The most annoying thing is that the editing is absolutely appalling. There are endless run on sentences that make no sense whatsoever, and there is at least one mistake (grammatical, spelling, typo) on every page (no exaggeration). It reads like a university student's essay that was handed in at the last minute without being checked. Whoever did the editing did the author a huge disservice because it takes a potentially great book down to annoying and mediocre. I really hope someone edits this properly to bring it up to the level the research and ideas deserve. Until then I don't recommend it.
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One of the phrases that struck me from a very warm (and fine) review by Sukhdev Sandhu of Agata Pyzik’s Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes for the Guardian was her suggestion that a ‘sterner editor would have told Pyzik not to cover so many topics’ . Having read the review before I had time to read the book my first thought was ‘thank god in that case for lax editors’. Now having the read the book, too, my earlier feelings have been confirmed. In many ways I’m doubtful as to whether any British writer would have written such an intoxicating storm of a book confronting the reader with a new plethora of names and ‘unusual’ approaches giving one such an impressive ‘beyond the wall’ perspective. Upsetting all the ‘discourses’ that the Anglo-Saxon reader has been bombarded with from the likes of the Garton Ashes and Appelbaum’s as well an entire host of Eastern European liberals invited to feast at that sanctimonious collective of a generation of post-Soviet would-be sovietologists or transition theorists negotiating and guarding the frontiers of a new wall constructed on the ruins of the old one but this time built from the other side. A virtual wall (but in other ways an all too real one) of phobias and immigration laws, visa regimes and moral panics as well as the semi-orientalist cultural constructs and the reinvention of ruritania by the British ‘chattering classes’ (which goes for an intelligentsia in these isles) that have dominated the quotidian existence of many East European immigrants since 1989.Read more ›
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Very poorly written; I'm fascinated by the concept of the book but the stilted writing meant I didn't get past page 20.
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