Yenni: A Life Between Worlds

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DoctorZed Publishing, 2002 - Australia - 342 pages
The dismemberment of Czechoslovakia and the growing tension in Eastern Europe ruptured into World War II in 1939, unleashing a succession of disasters that would redefine the borders, ideologies and cultures of this region for years to come. Against this backdrop, Jenny Williams tells us a story of survival that is vivid, almost cinematic - a child's experience of war, through teenage years and the early days of Soviet control in Czechoslovakia; of the oppression of the Hungarian language and culture, and of socialist youth rallies; to optimism, disillusion and fear of the Prague Spring, Dubcek's reforms and the Soviet invasion of 1968, which led to her emigration to Australia. Yenni: A Life Between Worlds reveals a blueprint for happiness that sustains the author despite decades of disappointment and oppression. She does this without a hint of sentimentality, like a marvellous conversation that goes long into the night, combining the vision and sensibilities of a child with the intelligence, wit and compassion of an adult - human in a way we fear might become precarious.

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Days of
Nowhere to
Wartime discipline
Another country 5 The life we live
We become socialist
All comrades
The Babushka trick
The pretence of being happy
Loving my work
Finding a balance
Ten years of marriage
my marriage and the country
The new breeze of freedom
There are no coincidences

Falling in love
The class of 1954
My destiny is waiting
Just three days
Am I married?
The four of
Its hard to be a wife
The migrant adventure
The answer is
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