Landscapes of Communism is an intimate history of twentieth-century communist Europe told through its buildings; it is, too, a book about power, and what power does in cities.
Owen Hatherley is the author of the acclaimed Militant Modernism, a defense of the modernist movement, and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. He writes regularly on the political aesthetics of architecture, urbanism and popular culture for a variety of publications, including Building Design, Frieze, Guardian and New Statesman.
Can one talk yet of vintage Hatherley? Yes, one can. Here are all
the properties that have made him one of the most distinctive
writers in England - not just 'architectural writers', but writers
full stop: acuity, contrariness, observational rigour, frankness
and beautifully wrought prose. This is a tempered love letter to
eastern Europe and a fullblown love letter to an eastern European
woman. I can't think of anything remotely akin -- Jonathan
The latest heir to Ruskin. -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
Hatherley is the most informed, opinionated and acerbic guide you could wish for. -- Hugh Pearman * Sunday Times *