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    wrapped in its phoney glory

    Hi. It's a story of a Bulgarian social-democrat killed by communists in 1948. It was written in Bulgarian (specially for Rover_KE: by Angel Filchev) and translated into English (I don't know the translator's name).

    "This is almost everything left of Lyudmila: fragmentary memories of casual witnesses, fellows and
    relatives, scarce pieces of evidence in the lamentable reports of the informants of the State Security wrapped
    in its phoney glory by the eminent Communist propagandists and a pale photo of an ordinary and at the
    same time so very exceptional young woman whose eyes are looking at us through the years."

    I do not understand:

    • is "its phoney glory" that of the State Security?
    • Even if so, I suppose that the "eminent Communist propagandists" would rather "wrap it in phoney glory" somewhere in media, and not in "lamentable reports of the informants". Wouldn't they?


    Thank you.

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    Re: wrapped in its phoney glory

    I'd say that the phoney glory is that of the wrapper. It probably has state symbols and stamps, etc. all over it, maybe tied with a ribbon.

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    #3

    Re: wrapped in its phoney glory

    But "wrapped in its phoney glory" is figurative!

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    Re: wrapped in its phoney glory

    I think it's figurative, and that the propagandists have taken the poor quality reports and tried to make them look better than they are, which I think would be worse for Lyudmila. They couldn't find much bad to report on her, so the propagandists have tried to exaggerate things to justify why she needed to be killed in their eyes.

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