The Book in Communism: Between Commerce, Culture, and Ideology. Some Remarks on Book Distribution and Propaganda during the Romanian Communist Regime



The paper discusses the system of book distribution in communist Romania and analyses the social role of the book in fostering a communist culture. By examining the intertwining relationships between the logistic and technical aspects of book production and the related cultural and economic discursive practices, we explore the processes by which books, as cultural artefacts, entered the realm of ideology. Furthermore, we look at how books and reading failed to produce disciplined readers and committed participants in the socialist system of values.

Keywords: Communism; Book; Publishing; Romania; Propaganda

DOI: 10.24193/jmr.35.5