Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

Ghosts of Europe

Anna Porter
The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys Through Central Europe's Troubled Past and Uncertain Future

Published by Douglas & McIntyre

Anna Porter


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About the Book

Since the Berlin Wall was dismantled the former borderlands of the long defunct Hapsburg Empire and the more recently dispersed Soviet Empire have been trying to invent their own versions of democracy and market-driven economics. But these experiments have led to a widening gap between rich and poor and there are many disquieting signs of old hatreds and racial tensions returning. Author Anna Porter travels through the region to speak with leading intellectuals, politicians, former dissidents and the champions of aggrieved memories. She interviews great figures of the revolution and its new custodians, and also examines the younger generation with little or no experience of Communism and no interest in its aftermath.

About the Author

Anna Porter spent her early childhood in Hungary. Her family fled after the 1956 revolution, and she lived in New Zealand before coming to Canada in 1969. The founder and publisher of Key Porter Books, she is the author of three crime novels and an acclaimed memoir, The Storyteller. Her most recent book, Kasztner’s Train, won the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Since 2007, she has been writing about Central Europe for Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. She is currently the writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian, Eurasian Studies (CERES). She lives in Toronto.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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