Nostalgia was never meant to be associated with communism. This utopian project, where the principle of hope was buttressed by the scientific certainties of dialectical materialism, declared itself future-oriented and unsentimental about a world where all that was solid melted into air. And yet, with the shattering of ‘really existing socialism’ and of the world movement which, despite much soul-searching and secession, still had at least one foot in the ‘real’ ruins, post-communist nostalgia has emerged as a socio-cultural phenomenon as well as an object of study.
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