Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film, and the Secret Police in Soviet Times

Cristina Vatalescu

The files rising from the key police information of the previous Soviet bloc have brought on scandal after scandal, compromising respected cultural figures and without notice finishing political careers. "Police Aesthetics" bargains a revealing and liable method of such fabrics. benefiting from the partial establishing of the key police records in Russia and Romania, Vatulescu makes a speciality of their such a lot notorious holdings--the own files--as good as on videos the police subsidized, scripted, or authored. during the information, she earnings new insights into the writing of literature and increases new questions about the ethics of examining. She exhibits how police records and movies prompted literature and cinema, from autobiographies to novels, from high-culture classics to avant-garde experiments and renowned blockbusters. In so doing, she opens a clean bankruptcy within the heated debate in regards to the dating among tradition and politics in twentieth-century police states.

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