My Life as a Spy
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $29.00
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In 1973, Katherine 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. Join her as she discusses her life as a spy and the circumstances that led informers, including close friends, to report on her.
A book signing follows the event.