Fonseca lived and traveled with the Gypsies of Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, The title “Bury me standing” comes from a proverb which describes the plight of the Gypsies: “Bury Fonseca, Isabel “Bury Me Standing” Random House. 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. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey. Isabel Fonseca, Author Alfred A. Knopf $25 (p) ISBN

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This book iwabel published 20 years ago. I must be honest, and admit I wanted to throw in the towel for the simple reason that I hate books that are so obviously aimed at the scholarly reader, I just couldn’t. This – above – was my original review of this book. A yearning and sense of nostalgia is part of their songs and stories—yet the longing is for no singular fonesca, but rather for the long road. Perhaps they had a little bit of gypsy in them.

Oct 17, Nick rated it really liked it. I cannot bring myself to use the word Gypsy, although Fonseca does. Obviously, it makes studying Roma history a profoundly difficult task. The title of the book is part of the translation of a Romani phrase “Bury me standing. Unusually, she manages to gain the standjng of many of these people, and was accepted into their lives – although American, and have to communicate mostly through a translator.

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I most assuredly have read the book. They are constraine I learned heaps from Ms. Organised violence, regularly resulting in murder and displacement by the people who live near the Gypsies regularly and systematically goes uninvestigated and unpunished there is a lot about this in the book, and many examples.


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Aug 30, Orin rated it did not like it Shelves: My personal philosophy of late has been: To ask other readers questions about Bury Me Standingplease sign up. Overall, it was an interesting book, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. There’s too much information in this book.

She also writes about living with these essentially nomadic peoples, who may be found all over the world but mostly in central and eastern Europe. That made me think twice. I didn’t expect the book to be focused so much on the author and her specific experiences with gypsies – I expected and wanted more about the history and current state of gypsies in Well, it took me awhile, but I finally finished this book.

Perhaps in gypsy culture it is more important to present people with something nice and cheerful, than to present you with the truth. It’s like social studies on acid which might explain why it’s so popular now among the phD set Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. In Bolintin [a Gypsy section burned to the ground in a single night], as in most other villages, the purge may be seen as the inevitable consequence of communist policy.

Observations on their superstitions, traditions, spiritual life or rather lack of and the unenviable role that woman play in their culture. Quotes from Bury Me Standing This is beyond hospitality. 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. I have a suspicion that you didn’t read this book or you would realize that the author is trying to disprove stereotypes.


But among the Roma one felt as they did: This subject is so fascinating I can barely talk about it in complete sentences. But I see them, They are bright Strong and clear like water.

They are accused of being “liers”. First, I gained a much broader understanding of what the Holocaust meant and means. For four years, she has been living with the Gypsies from Albany to Poland. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In those cases where they try to follow the rules, governments still isabrl and “lose” applications and forms, or design legislation expressly to exclude the Roma.

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Their eruption into Europe turns out to have not been entirely voluntary; the aristocracy of Eastern Europe, including Vlad Tepes, or Dracul, had a lively slave trade in Rom for centuries. Combined with a very catchy title, it was pretty hard to resist.

My only complaint about the book is that occasionally, Fonseca assumes knowledge that the reader may not have. In my answer to the comment, I elaborated further.


What the author does is essentialize and exoticize “the Roma” in a way that is completely out of proportion to reality. I learned heaps from Ms.

Fabled, feared, romanticized, and reviled, the Gypsies—or Roma—are among the least understood people on earth.

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