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Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe


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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction
  • Alison Lewis, Valentina Glajar, and Corina L. Petrescu
  • Part I: Intelligence Officers and Informers
  • Chapter 1: The File Story of the Securitate Officer Samuel Feld
  • Valentina Glajar
  • Chapter 2: Man Without a Face: The Autobiographical Self-Fashioning of Spymaster Markus Wolf
  • Mary Beth Stein
  • Chapter 3: The Stasi's Secret War on Books: Uwe Berger and the Cold War Spy as Informant and Book Reviewer
  • Alison Lewis
  • Part II: Targets
  • Chapter 4: Soviet Narratives of Subversion and Redemption during the Second Cold War and Beyond: The Case of Father Dmitrii Dudko
  • Julie Fedor
  • Chapter 5: Of Sources and Files: The Making of the Securitate Target Ana Novac
  • Corina L. Petrescu
  • Part III: Secret East/West Operations
  • Chapter 6: Espionage and Intimacy: West Berlin Turkish Men in the Stasi's Eyes
  • Jennifer A. Miller
  • Chapter 7: Fleeing to the West: The 1978 Airplane Hijacking from Gdansk to West Berlin
  • Axel Hildebrandt
  • Part IV: Spies on Screen
  • Chapter 8: Espionage and the Cold War in DEFA Films: Double Agents in for eyes only (1963) and Chiffriert an ChefAusfall Nr. 5 (1979)
  • Carol Anne Costabile-Heming
  • Chapter 9: Breaking Borders: Niklaus Schilling's Critical Spy Drama The Willi Busch Report (1979)
  • Lisa Haegele
  • Chapter 10: Political Ambiguity in Recent Cold War Spy Stories on Screen
  • Cheryl Dueck
  • List of Contributors
  • Index

About the Author

VALENTINA GLAJAR is Professor of German at Texas State University, San Marcos. ALISON LEWIS is Professor in the School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne, Australia. Editor


This is indispensable reading for anyone interested in representations of espionage in the Cold War and beyond."" - Sara Jones, author of The Media of Testimony: Remembering the East German Stasi in the Berlin Republic

""In these fascinating papers we see some of the insights gained from new literary readings of those [secret police] files, and new artistic representations of those classic Cold War figures: spies, secret police officers, and informers. A revelatory collection!"" - Katherine Verdery, Julien J. Studley Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York

""Using fascinating, specific examples that make observers and the observed come alive in the reader's mind, Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe reveals the dynamic power play among multiple parties who constituted the oppressive political web throughout Eastern Europe and the USSR during the Cold War."" - Susan Signe Morrison, professor of English at Texas State University

""A great intervention by a team of experts equipped to deliver a much needed comparative perspective."" - Stephen Parker, author of Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life

""Presenting a gallery of well-chosen portraits of secret agents who worked for communist East German, Romanian, and Soviet surveillance agencies, this book illuminates the tenuous relationship between memory, discourse, and politics, mediated by the extant secret archives and movies. The chapters document Cold War spies whose complex lives and morally questionable choices enhance our understanding of life under communist dictatorship."" - Lavinia Stan, professor of political science at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia

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