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Freedom at a Price: An Englishwoman's Life in Czechoslovakia
Freedom at a Price: An Englishwoman's Life in Czechoslovakia
By Rosemary Kavan
Verso/NLB, 1986, 280 pp

Reading this honest and finely written autobiography, one is drawn deeply into the life and political evolution of a remarkable person: as the wife of a communist political activist in the early postwar years in Czechoslovakia; as a believer in a socialism quite incompatible with a system that lived on repression and staged show trials (of which her husband became a victim); as a supporter of the movement that led to the Prague Spring, and as a defender of freedom during the long night of "normalization" after 1968, until her only choice was illegal escape from her adopted to her native country.