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My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File

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Manufacturer: Duke University Press Books
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Author(s): Katherine Verdery

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Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9780822370819
Edition: 1
ISBN: 0822370816
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Duke University Press Books
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Duke University Press Books
MPN: 48433395
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 344
Publication Date: 2018-05-08
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Release Date: 2018-05-08
Studio: Duke University Press Books
Editorial Review:
As Katherine Verdery observes, "There's nothing like reading your secret police file to make you wonder who you really are." In 1973 Verdery began her doctoral fieldwork in the Transylvanian region of Romania, ruled at the time by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. She returned several times over the next twenty-five years, during which time the secret police—the Securitate—compiled a massive surveillance file on her. Reading through its 2,781 pages, she learned that she was "actually" a spy, a CIA agent, a Hungarian agitator, and a friend of dissidents: in short, an enemy of Romania. In My Life as a Spy she analyzes her file alongside her original field notes and conversations with Securitate officers. Verdery also talks with some of the informers who were close friends, learning the complex circumstances that led them to report on her, and considers how fieldwork and spying can be easily confused. Part memoir, part detective story, part anthropological analysis, My Life as a Spy offers a personal account of how government surveillance worked during the Cold War and how Verdery experienced living under it.

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