Book cover of My Life in Propaganda by Magda Stroińska

My Life in Propaganda

Language and Totalitarian Regimes

by Magda Stroińska

Durvile & UpRoute Books

2023

Non-Fiction: Biography and Memoir, Politics

CDN: $35.00

9781990735332

My Life in Propaganda is Magda Stroińska’s personal account of growing up with communist propaganda in Eastern Europe. She looks at the influence of her family history that contradicted what she was taught at school; the cognitive and emotional effects of compulsory school readings; socialist realist art and film; and Radio Free Europe and Voice of America and their role in shaping her generation’s collective view of the world. She also observes post-communist societies through the lens of societal trauma and explains how to understand the sudden fall into the populist trap. The book demonstrates that democracy can never be taken for granted.

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