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Author Verdery, Katherine, 1948- author.

Title My life as a spy : investigations in a secret police file / Katherine Verdery.

Publication Info. Durham : Duke University Press, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor  New Shelf  949.803 VER    Available
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Description xvi, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The 1970s : "the folklorist" as military spy -- The 1980s : the enemy's many masks -- Excursus : reflections on reading one's file -- Revelations -- Ruminations.
Summary 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.
Subject Verdery, Katherine, 1948-
Romania. Securitatea -- History -- Sources.
Cold War -- Personal narratives.
Secret service -- Romania -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Romania -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Sources.
Genre/Form Personal narratives.
Other Form: Online version: Verdery, Katherine, 1948- My life as a spy. Durham : Duke University Press, 2018 9780822371908 (DLC) 2017052453
ISBN 9780822370666 (hardcover alkaline paper)
0822370662 (hardcover alkaline paper)
9780822370819 (paperback alkaline paper)
0822370816 (paperback alkaline paper)
9780822371908 (ebook)
Standard No. 40028107126

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