The Last Hundred Days

The Last Hundred Days

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Bucharest in 1989 is a world of corruption and paranoia, in thrall to the repressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. Old landmarks are falling to demolition crews, grocery shelves are empty, and informants are everywhere. Into this state of crisis, a young British man arrives to take a university post he never interviewed for. He is taken under the wing of Leo O'Heix, a colleague and master of the black market, and falls for the sleek Celia, daughter of a party apparatchik. Yet he soon learns that in this society, friendships are compromised, and loyalty is never absolute. And as the regime's authority falters, he finds himself uncomfortably, then dangerously, close to the eye of the storm.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, c2011
ISBN: 9781608199129
1608199126
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCGUINN PATRICK
Characteristics: 377 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Last hundred days

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2013

This is a well-written, fictional account of the last days of the Ceausescu regime, which was characterized by repression and corruption. It paints a portrait of Bucharest being destroyed by Soviet architecture and provides a good sense of a society under surveillance where nothing is as it seems.

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gsprules
Nov 24, 2012

A bit dark and long but nevertheless aninteresting insight into the last days of a despot's reign in Romania.

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AndrewTerMarsch
Sep 20, 2012

Such an interesting book:, full of great metaphors, fascinating characters, and a rich history of the period leading up to the Romanian Revolution. I learned a lot, both of history and of good literature It was a joy to read and I really felt like I was "there."

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jkrejci
Sep 01, 2012

Solid, nicely written novel of suspense and intrigue. Evokes the mood of communist Eastern Europe nicely.

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