Popular films, TV series and novels can profoundly shape a nation’s collective memory and cement the evolving historical master narrative. In her new book, ‘Velvet Retro: Postsocialist Nostalgia and the Politics of Heroism in Czech Popular Culture’, historian Veronika Pehe examines the evolving ways the era has been portrayed since 1989 – from early comedies to tragic narratives that cast the past as trauma.

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