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Book Title: I Am Snowing: The Confessions Of A Woman of Prague|
The author of the book: Pavel Kohout
Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: July 14th 1995
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 474 KB
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Reader ratings: 3.3
ISBN 13: 9780156001878
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I am Snowing: The Confessions of Prague addresses a major issue of those who had the experience of first having lived in a communist country where police informers were everywhere and then experienced the ghastly process of seeing the the informers denounced later in an irregular fashion that depended on the advantages being pursued by those who acquired control of the police archives afterwards. Unfortunately , Pavel Kohout's "I am Snowing" steadily degenerates into a tedious bore that fails to engage even those who are very interested in the topic.
I am one of those interested in the issue of police spying conducted on civilians. However, I found earlier readings by authors such as Nobel Laureate Herta Muller, (Land of Green Plums) and Joseph Skvorecky (Two Murders in my Double Life and Headed for the Blues). Finally George Weigel in the second volume of his biography of John Paul II provides an extensive analysis of how the Vatican was infiltrated in the second half of the 20th century told me more about this topic than did Kohout.
No matter what one's level of interest in the topic is, on I am Snowing is rather a dreadful read. Like John Le Carré, Kohout creates a very complex story of the spying. Then, he comes up with a second equallly convoluted tale about how the truth leaked out. In other words, Kohout tells two different stories within a single work. This might work for a history book but it is exasperating whenever one encounters it in a novel. For whatever the reason however the twists and turns simply go on for too long.
A second problem lies in the highly complex romantic life of the protagonist which is treated at such length that it detracts from the primary focus of the work. I did however feel Kohout was right to devote a great deal of time to the protagonist's poisonous relation with her daughter. In this area, Kohout reinforces the point made in Neither Angels nor Saints how the oppressive Stalinist regimes were able to poison relations between mother and daughter.
Despite, the occasional good moment, I find that I am Snowing offers the reader much less than do the works by Muller, Skvorecky, or Klima. I suggest sampling these authors before taking on this dismal work.
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Read information about the authorPavel Kohout is a Czech and Austrian novelist, playwright, and poet. He was a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, a Prague Spring exponent and dissident in the 1970s until he was expelled to Austria. He was a founding member of the Charter 77 movement.
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