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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (2007)

av Peter Sís

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I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side - the Communist side - of the Iron Curtain. Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Si;s learned about beat poetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities - creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed.… (mer)
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A good-looking book, but I thought the multiple narrative styles made the reading of it disjointed. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Really good, but grim. Barely appropriate for children. Contains some photos as well as the usual illustrations. ( )
  themulhern | Nov 18, 2023 |
I read this book for background information for the book I am writing. I found it a simple and useful look at socialism and communism. ( )
  skstiles612 | Jul 28, 2023 |
A serious and distressing subject described with sensitivity and real life experience.
Some death is mentioned but it is not graphic.
  FamiliesUnitedLL | May 15, 2023 |
This book has several levels of information and can be read in a number of different ways. At first I was frustrated because I was trying to read everything on each page, but enjoyed it a lot more going through it in multiple passes, limiting myself to one or two components at a time.

-The illustrations are laid out in a storyboard format and can be read like a comic book.
-The simplest text is under the illustrations and can be read like a picture book.
-There are captions and explanatory notes around (and sometimes in!) the pictures.
-Throughout the book are two-page spreads with excerpts from the author's journals.
-An introduction and afterward provide further information. There is also a map on the inner cover pages showing Prague's location in Czechoslovakia, Europe, and the world.

On a side note, the cover is made to look as if it is a homemade cardboard journal bound with string, which really adds to the character and nature of the book as an autobiography of the author's youth. This is a book to take your time with, as the illustrations are full of little details to notice, appreciate, and think about. ( )
  buddingnaturalist | Feb 3, 2023 |
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CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2008)
Renowned author and illustrator Peter Sís’ brilliant autobiographical exploration of the creative spirit offers his trademark blend of intricate visual images and narrative. Sís was born in Communist-controlled Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 and displayed artistic interests from very early on. His talents were indulged and encouraged within his home. At the same time, creativity and freedom of thought were being repressed in his school and throughout his homeland as the Iron Curtain rose and the Cold War escalated. Sís beautifully outlines the tension between socio-political repression and creativity through journal excerpts, actual drawings from his developing years as an artist, and hauntingly complex images outlining the historical context of turbulent times in Eastern Europe. Each image underscores how he questioned the world around him as a developing child and adolescent, especially as news of Western popular culture filtered through the curtain. Creative expression and opportunity exploded for the author in the spring of 1968, only to be crushed quickly by the totalitarian strong arm. Sís was able to hold on to his dreams, however, fueled by his indomitable spirit and the force of his own imagination. CCBC Category: Historical People, Places, and Events. 2007, Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus and Giroux, 48 pages, $18.00. Age 9 and older.

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I find it difficult to explain my childhood; it's hard to put it into words, and since I have always drawn everything, I have tried to draw my life-before America-for them.
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I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side - the Communist side - of the Iron Curtain. Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Si;s learned about beat poetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities - creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed.

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