Shortly after the execution of Nicolae Ceaușescu, Dervla Murphy travelled to Romania and found a nation both exhilarated and bewildered by revolution. Eager to explore a country that had hitherto been inaccessible to outsiders, Murphy describes in lucid detail a journey on two planes: cycling and ambling through the rural Carpathians, and exploring the mind-set of a post-Communist society in the grips of an identity crisis. She is treated to tremendous hospitality wherever she goes, and in urban blocs, small towns and traditional villages she gets to know the ordinary Romanians – the teachers, farmers, professors, factory-workers, writers, engineers, vets, army officers, shepherds, students and doctors. Transylvania and Beyond is the story of their hopes, fears and prejudices, a passionate insight into what Murphy calls ‘one of Europe’s least European countries.’
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About the Author
Dervla Murphy was born (and still lives) in Lismore, County Waterford in 1931. Full Tilt, her first book, published in 1965, describes her exuberant bicycle ride from Lismore to India. Since then she has travelled in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, publishing over twenty other titles, including a highly acclaimed autobiography, Wheels Within Wheels. Dervla has won worldwide praise for her writing. Now in her eighties and with a brand new hip, she continues to travel around the world, happily setting off to trek in remote mountains or to live in refugee camps. She remains passionate about politics, conservation and beer.