The Prague Spring of 1968 remains one of the traumatic experiences of the left. It revealed both the tensions at work beneath the surface of the Soviet-dominated world and the Russians’ determination to maintain their control regardless of cost.
Zdenek Mlynar, one of the most prominent participants, wrote a post-mortem on the tragic events immediately after leaving Czechoslovakia in 1977. Nightfrost in Prague, published two years ago in West Germany, is now available to the American reader in a good translation by Paul Wilson. At the time of the events, the then 38-year-old Mlynar was at least a decade younger than most of his co-actors in the drama; as secretary of the Central Committee of the Czech Communist party...
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