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Brendan Howley in "The Blue Ear" says:
Rain is that rarest of reading experiences: principled
and thoughtful and irritating and prescient, all at once. Vaknin will be proved
right or wrong as history grinds on in the Balkans, but his is a book I will
If you live in Central, Eastern, or South Europe
If you are a
Political Scientist, a Columnist, a Decision-maker
If you want to
know the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
Events, Personalities, Institutions,
the Politics, the Geopolitics,
the Money, the Power, the Crime
If you want to understand Why the
West Lost the East
- Read ....
Dr. Sam Vaknin's new book "After the Rain - How the West Lost
the East" published by Narcissus Publications in
association with Central Europe Review/CEENMI is available from
the American chain of bookshops Barnes and Noble.
The author (an Israeli who held and holds senior
positions with governments and corporations in the region) says:
"How the West lost the East. The economics, the politics, the
geopolitics, the history, the conspiracies, the corruption, the old and the new,
the plough and the internet—it is all here, in prose, as provocative and
vitriolic and loving and longing as I could make it.
Reading this book, I wish upon the reader the joy and the
revulsion, the dark fascination of this region and its surrealist dreams and
nightmares. This is what I experience daily here and it is my hope that I
succeeded to convey the siren's song, the honeyed trap, the lure and the allure
of this tortured corner of the earth."
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It is also available as an ebook from Booklocker,
Barnes and Noble, eBooksonthe.net, Softlock, CyberRead and others-
With a foreword written by Emilija Geleva, a Macedonian
journalist and columnist (currently, the Media Advisor to the Prime
Minister of Macedonia) - the book contains 51 essays published
in newspapers and periodicals in Russia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia,
Egypt and in the web weekly "Central Europe Review".
The first part of "After the Rain" is a social,
political and geopolitical critique. The author's main thesis is that
the West missed a unique historical opportunity to unite Europe and that the
peoples of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe are beyond salvation, deformed
and pathologized by communism irreconstructibly.
The second part comprises articles about the economies of
Quite a few articles deal with the history of the region with emphasis on
Yugoslavia, Albania and the disputed regions in-between (Kosovo).
This is the third part.
Sam Vaknin is the author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited"
and "After the Rain - How the West Lost the East".
He is a columnist in
"Central Europe Review", United Press International (UPI) and ebookweb.org and
the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open
Directory, Suite101 and searcheurope.com.
Until recently, he served as the
Economic Advisor to the Government of Macedonia.
His web site: http://samvak.tripod.com
Click HERE to read what The Reviewer
has to say about "After the Rain" -
John Harris on "After the Rain" in "Blue Iris
Peter Lappen on "After the Rain" in "Bookreview.com", "Dead Trees
Review", "Under the Covers Book Review", "Footle.net Book Review" and
"Blether Book Review":
Reviews: 4 Average Rating: 5
Jovan Jovanovski (email@example.com), a management
consultant in Detroit., February 23, 2000
You don't say, Dr.
Dr. Vaknin's work is nothing less than a revolutionary way of
looking at, and understanding, developments in Eastern Europe after the fall of
the Soviet Union. If your eyes glaze over from the usual treatment of ethnic
strife, economies in transition, and democratization in eastern Europe, Sam
Vaknin's book is for you. Unlike most writers on the topic, he has the advantage
of having lived in the region for many years and worked inside various
governments. More importantly, he refuses to bow to political correctness -- a
unique attribute for a western analyst covering the Balkans. There is not a
chapter of this book that fails to enlighten, surprise, amuse or infuriate.
These are natural reactions to Dr. Vaknin's keen powers of observation, his
insight, and his vivid, take-no-prisoners writing style. I have never had so
much fun reading about a topic that is often inherently depressing. You may
agree or disagree with Dr. Vaknin's views, but you won't be able to put away his
book until you've read it cover to cover.
GS, a businessman working in Yugoslavia, February 22,
The Primal Scream
I have been living and working in the
Balkans during the last decade. I know the area and its inhabitants well. The
last year saw the eruption of a literary force of rare magnitude - Sam Vaknin. I
followed his articles in 'The New Presence' and 'Central Europe Review'. They
astounding feats of verbal fireworks, fine arabesques intertwined with volcanic
lava - a MUST READ!!! With the exception of Rebecca West, I never read anything
which comes remotely close to this either in forcefulness of expression or in
acuteness of penetration. The book oozes pain and erudition in equal measures
and left me shocked and overwhelmed.
February 22, 2000
How to define it?
Political and economic
commentary? Philosophy? Is there such a category as literary impressionism? This
book is as much the lyrical wanderings of a brilliant mind set against the rich
backdrop of the Balkans... The literary Bar Mitsva of a man with a remarkable
gift for observation, insight and the words with which to share those things.
There are two ways to experience the Balkans, stay there for a year, or read
'After the rain'. One of the disadvantages of the first option is that you may
miss much that way. This a truly wonderful book, I am cheating, thus far I have
only seen it piecemeal, I still wait for the whole. But already though formerly
an unrelenting critic of Sam Vaknin's earlier work I find myself at last caught
on the road to Damascus....a convert for life. I find I am asking myself
already.... Where will he take us? What will he show us?
"After the Rain - How the West Lost the East" (ISBN:
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On the author:
Paperback, 280 pages, 2 parts: "The People" and "The Economies".
An anthology of 180
previously published articles and essays regarding the politics, economics,
geopolitics and history of countries in CEE and SEE (Balkan).
The author archive of Sam Vaknin's column "Balkan Encounter" in
Review". Contains articles and essays regarding the politics,
economics, geopolitics and history of countries in CEE and SEE
Topical Encylopedia of Economics and Economies in
100 study modules - the economies, history,
cultures and societies of countries in transition: