Book review: In Europe’s Shadow, by Robert Kaplan

Amidst a sea of often wildly inaccurate and turgid rubbish churned out by hacks eager to make a quick few bob in the wake of Romania’s 1989 revolution, one of the few genuinely readable accounts of Romania at the time was that which appeared in Robert Kaplan’s excellent Balkan Ghosts. A sweeping tour of the… Continue reading Book review: In Europe’s Shadow, by Robert Kaplan

Books about Romania in English No. 5: The Last Hundred Days, by Patrick McGuinness

There are so few English novels set in Bucharest that when we heard of the existence of this book we got rather excited. So excited in fact that we went to the UK shortly afterwards with ‘Buy that book’ top of the To Do list. In our excitement, however, we promptly forgot to buy it.… Continue reading Books about Romania in English No. 5: The Last Hundred Days, by Patrick McGuinness

Great books about Romania in English

So far we have published four lengthy reviews of great books about Romania in English: Romania: Borderland of Europe By Lucian Boia Rates of Exchange By Malcolm Bradbury Romania and the European Union: How the Weak Vanquisjed the Strong By Tom Gallagher Along the Enchanted Way By William Blacker Over the next couple of months… Continue reading Great books about Romania in English

Great books about Romania in English No. 4: Along the Enchanted Way

Along the Enchanted Way By William Blacker Apparently, in 1997, planes bound for Romania departed from the great media and financial centres of the western world carrying a sinister cargo: slick advertising executives hell bent on selling Romania’s dirt poor yet blissfully happy peasants all sorts of evil goods (such as – God forbid –… Continue reading Great books about Romania in English No. 4: Along the Enchanted Way

Great Books in English about Romania No. 2: Rates of Exchange, by Malcolm Bradbury

Rates of Exchange By Malcolm Bradbury First, a classic communist joke: “Why is Slaka like America?” “Because in America you can criticise America, and in Slaka you can criticise America too.” OK. So it goes without saying that this novel (from which we pinched the joke) by one of Britain’s finest 20th century writers, is… Continue reading Great Books in English about Romania No. 2: Rates of Exchange, by Malcolm Bradbury

Great Books in English about Romania No. 1: Romania, by Lucian Boia

Romania: Borderland of Europe By Lucian Boia Or, Everything You Thought You Knew About Romania Is Wrong. For this is a book that smashes down every cliché, exposes every myth and just about turns the Romania we thought we knew on its head. An iconoclastic work – Lucian Boia appears to take much pleasure in… Continue reading Great Books in English about Romania No. 1: Romania, by Lucian Boia