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The Palace Complex

A Stalinist Skyscraper, Capitalist Warsaw, and a City Transfixed

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The Palace Complex by Michal Murawski
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The Palace of Culture and Science is a massive Stalinist skyscraper that was "gifted" to Warsaw by the Soviet Union in 1955. Framing the Palace's visual, symbolic, and functional prominence in the everyday life of the Polish capital as a sort of obsession, locals joke that their city suffers from a "Palace of Culture complex." Despite attempts to privatize it, the Palace remains municipally owned, and continues to play host to a variety of public institutions and services. The Parade Square, which surrounds the building, has resisted attempts to convert it into a money-making commercial center. Author Michal Murawski traces the skyscraper's powerful impact on 21st century Warsaw; on its architectural and urban landscape; on its political, ideological, and cultural lives; and on the bodies and minds of its inhabitants. The Palace Complex explores the many factors that allow Warsaw's Palace to endure as a still-socialist building in a post-socialist city.

Author Biography

Michal Murawski is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Russian, Queen Mary, University of London.
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2019
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
112 Illustrations, black and white; 2 Maps
Imprint
Indiana University Press
Pages
376
ISBN-13
9780253039941
Product ID
28145101

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