Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey

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Vintage, 1996 - History - 322 pages
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After the revolutions of 1989, Isabel Fonseca lived and traveled with the Gypsies of Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the former Yugoslavia, Romainia, and Albania - listening to their stories and recording their attempts to become something more than despised outsiders. In Bury Me Standing, alongside unforgettable portraits of individuals - the poet, the politician, the child prostitute - are vivid insights into the wit, language, wisdom, and taboos of the Roma. In a compelling narrative account of this large and landless minority, Fonseca also traces their long-ago exodus out of India and their history of relentless persecution: enslaved by the princes of medieval Romania; massacred by the Nazis in what the Roma call "the Devouring"; forcibly assimilated by the communist regime; and, most recently, evicted from their settlements by nationalistic mobs in the new "democracies" of the East, and under violent attack in the Western countries to which many have fled.

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Don't Get Gypted

User Review  - Kikuhime - Borders

This is a great Book if you are interested in the story of the Gypsy. It traces their story, as much as possible given their lack of written histoy, through Europe and the world. The book goes in depth into the language, experience and feeling of being a wandering outsider. Read full review

Bury me standing: the Gypsies and their journey

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Traveling as a journalist, Fonseca stayed with a number of Gypsy families in Eastern Europe between 1991 and 1995. Through her experiences with them, study of the scholarship about them, and ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Isabel Fonseca was born and raised in New York City. She was educated at Barnard College and Oxford University. Since the early 1980s, she has made her home mostly in England, where she worked in publishing and then as an editor at the Times Literary Supplement. Her journalism has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal to The New Yorker and Vogue. She lives in London with her husband, Martin Amis, and their two daughters.

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