My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File

My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Date: 2018-05-08
ISBN-10: 0822370662
ISBN-13: 9780822370666
Language: English
Pages: 344
Added: 2018-05-14 08:58:04

As Katherine Verdery observes, “There’s nothing like reading your secret police file to make you wonder who you really are.” In 1973 Verdery began her doctoral fieldwork in the Transylvanian region of Romania, ruled at the time by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. She returned several times over the next twenty-five years, during which time the secret police-the Securitate-compiled a massive surveillance file on her. Reading through its 2,781 pages, she learned that she was “actually” a spy, a CIA agent, a Hungarian agitator, and a friend of dissidents: in short, an enemy of Romania. In My Life as a Spy she analyzes her file alongside her original field notes and conversations with Securitate officers. Verdery also talks with some of the informers who were close friends, learning the complex circumstances that led them to report on her, and considers how fieldwork and spying can be easily confused. Part memoir, part detective story, part anthropological analysis, My Life as a Spy offers a personal account of how government surveillance worked during the Cold War and how Verdery experienced living under it. Show more Show less 318966257bb5963f526335c778adee42 File name: myuploads.txt f70a092dfba5dfb94dfee51a2f1ccfa5 Size: (22.88 MB) File name: My+Life+as+a+Spy.pdf File size: 22.88 MB a6057f1bab0354ed349681899c998899 Size: (22.88 MB) File name: My_Life_as_a_Spy.pdf File size: 22.88 MB