Polish Hauntology. Things and People in the Years of Transition by Olga Drenda

Polish Hauntology. Things and People in the Years of Transition by Olga DrendaPolish Hauntology. Things and People in the Years of Transition by Olga Drenda
  • Year2018
  • LanguageRussian
  • Edition3000
  • Pages200
  • BindingPaperback
  • Price540 RUB
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The book by Polish anthropologist Olga Drenda scrutinizes the visual everyday during the perestroika years in Poland.

Based around the conception of hauntology (which is a contamination of “haunt” and “ontology”), Olga Drenda’s study is a collection of attributes of time forever gone, from street fashion to VHS designs of the video rental era. Refining her respondents’ memories to remove both the touch of nostalgic embellishment and the traces of later experiences, distorting the pictures of original events, she has made the core of her book a series of interviews recorded with contemporaries and witnesses of the Polish People’s Republic’s collapse, as well as a vast photo archive partly replicated for this publication.

Author

Olga Drenda is an anthropologist, journalist and translator; graduate of the Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology faculty of the Jagiellonian University. She is the author of articles published in Polish and foreign press, including Polityce and The Guardian, and co-author of the Polish translations of The Soft Machine and The Ticket that Exploded by William S. Burroughs.

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