Jacob Mikanowski on Eastern Europe

Conversations with Tyler | 18 October 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jacob Mikanowski about his book Goodbye, Eastern Europe: An Intimate History of a Divided Land. Discusses the differences between Eastern and Western European humor, whether Poles are smiling more nowadays, why the best Polish folk art is from the south, the equilibrium for Kaliningrad and the Suwałki Gap, how Romania and Bulgaria will handle depopulation, whether Moldova has an independent future, why there are so few Christian-Muslim issues in Albania, a nuanced take on Orbán and Hungarian politics, why food in Poland is so good now, why Stanisław Lem hasn’t gotten more attention in the West, how Eastern Europe has changed his view of humanity, his ideal two-week itinerary in the region, and more.

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