Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey

Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey

3.5 4
by Isabel Fonseca
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Isabel Fonseca describes the four years she spent with Gypsies from Albania to Poland, listening to their stories, deciphering their taboos, and befriending their matriarchs, activists, and child prostitutes. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture. 50

…  See more details below

Overview

Isabel Fonseca describes the four years she spent with Gypsies from Albania to Poland, listening to their stories, deciphering their taboos, and befriending their matriarchs, activists, and child prostitutes. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture. 50 photos.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An exploration of the frequently persecuted and misunderstood Gypsy population of eastern Europe. (Oct.)
Library Journal
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 interviews with leading figures, she has produced a contemporary account of their status, incorporating details of their society, culture, and history. Her work portrays their commitment to tribal traditions and adherence to ritual and offers good insights, particularly into women's lives. The author regards Gypsies as "an ancient scapegoat" who survive through their traditions and a collective denial of their mistreatment by outsiders, including the Germans during World War II. The author details the discrimination that has kept the Gypsies, now often called Roma, from development of an identity and acceptance by the international community. Fonseca's work will appeal to both interested lay readers and scholars in the field. It belongs in subject collections.-Rena Fowler, Humboldt State Univ., Arcata, Cal.
Booknews
A remarkable, candid and unromanticized account of the Gypsies--or Roma--by Fonseca, who lived and traveled with the Gypsies of Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the former Yugoslavia, Romania, and Albania. Includes b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679737438
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Series:
Vintage Departures Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
464,685
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author extensively traveled throughout European countries (particularly Eastern bloc countries and Germany) and lived with Gypsy families. Generally each chapter tends to focus on a particular gypsy tribe and within this context she shares history, local culture, and gypsy personalities. In many respects the author is an investigative reporter trying to interview government officials and police to determine how crimes against contemporaray gypsies (burning of houses, lynchings, harrassment) go unprosecuted. She incorporates government policies (as far back as the 15th century) that have marginalized gypsies and created a "non-species". On the other hand, she gives an honest appraisal of the gypsies -- knivers, beggars, illiterate, etc. I found this book to be very informative and engrossing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a definite lack of focus in this book, to the point that it reminds me of reading the experiences of junkees. Open the book and start reading the chapter called, 'The Devouring', and you may sense what I mean. Earlier in the book we are told that, 'The Devouring' is the Gypsy's term for the Nazi Holocaust. Instead, the chapter starts as a very brief mention of Holocaust memorials, then goes into great length about a funeral, then . . . man, I don't know where it goes. Try reading 300 pages of that, which you may do by checking this book out of the library. I really wouldn't bother to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting historical account of the online race without a county: the gypsy race.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you really want to learn about Gypsy life and about their culture this is the book. I have read it from cover to cover 3 times. I have more time to read when I go home to Hungary. I gave my book a way 2 years ago while in Hungary. So I really missed reading it this past May-July while there. I hope to find a discount coupon or that this book goes on sale on soon. Alizka