The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís
Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions, and cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain as news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Sís learned about beat poetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. The short-lived yet magical Prague Spring of 1968 provided a glimpse of new possibilities for Síscreativity could be discouraged but not easily killed.