Diary 1954

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Leopold Tyrmand, a Polish Jew who survived World War II by working in Germany under a false identity, would go on to live and write under Poland's Communist regime for twenty years before emigrating to the West, where he continued to express his deeply felt anti-Communist views. Diary 1954-written after the independent weekly paper that employed him was closed for refusing to mourn Stalin's death-is an account of daily life in Communist Poland. Like Czes?aw Mi?osz, Vaclav Havel, and other dissidents who described the absurdities of Soviet-backed regimes, Tyrmand exposes the lies-big and small-that the regimes employed to stay in power. Witty and insightful, Tyrmand's diary is the chronicle of a man who uses seemingly minor modes of resistance-as a provocative journalist, a Warsaw intellectual, the spiritual father of Polish hipsters, and a promoter of jazz in Poland-to maintain his freedom of thought.