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Searching For Dracula In Romania: What About Dracula? Romania's Schizophrenic Dilemma: 4 (Romania Explained To My Friends Abroad) Paperback – 7 Feb 2014


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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (7 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495471217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495471216
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,496,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catalin Gruia is a veteran journalist who has written and reported for the Romanian edition of National Geographic for over 10 years. He is currently Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler and Deputy Editor in Chief of National Geographic Romania.

International awards
First prize (Geographica category) at the International Seminar of National Geographic International Editions, Washington, 2004

Johann Strauss Golden Medal, Vienna, 2010 http://b2b.wien.info/de/reisebranche/wtk-2010-strauss-medaille

Kinarri Trophy, Friends of Thailand Awards, Bangkok, 2013
http://www.thaistory.ro/romania-premiata-la-friends-of-thailand-awards-2013/

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About the Author

Catalin Gruia is a veteran journalist who has written and reported for the Romanian edition of National Geographic for over 10 years. He is currently Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler and Deputy Editor in Chief of National Geographic Romania. International awards First prize (Geographica category) at the International Seminar of National Geographic International Editions, Washington, 2004 Johann Strauss Golden Medal, Vienna, 2010 http://b2b.wien.info/de/reisebranche/wtk-2010-strauss-medaille Kinarri Trophy, Friends of Thailand Awards, Bangkok, 2013 http://www.thaistory.ro/romania-premiata-la-friends-of-thailand-awards-2013/

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Vlad and the Vampire: The Double life of Dracula is a well written non-fiction book. Catalin Gruia produces a well-researched and compact introduction to this subject. Although it is a short book and quick to read it packs in a lot of information. Stories of Vlad III Dracula a 15c Prince were best sellers before Bram Stokers novel; Catalin explores Romania's mixed feelings towards Dracula. It is compelling reading for those who know little of the subject and also for those who know more, the subject is explored from different points of view and includes travel and tourist information and detailed descriptions. It is educational and will appeal to readers of history or geography. It brought Romania to life for me.

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This is a really interesting read whether you're a Dracula fan or not. I enjoyed the travel and tourist information as the writer described the journey through the different regions of Romania. There's some very helpful tips on where to stay, sights to visit & places to eat & drink in a thoroughly fascinating country. The history of Vlad Tepes is just as gripping as The Dracula story as is the glimpse of the modern Romania and its people. Definitely on my list of places I would love to visit!
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brief, but interesting story 21 Aug. 2013
By Laura Banica - Published on Amazon.com
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"Imagine that it's raining cats and dogs; on a deserted street two men resentfully are walking side by side, avoiding each other's sight, their eyes filled with hatred: Count Dracula and Prince Vlad. They're marching together through the rain just because an unseen hand is holding above them an umbrella".
Vlad and the Vampire. The Eternal Double Life of Dracula is exactly what the title promises it is. Just like in Plutarch's Parallel Lives I`ve learned a lot about 2 Dracula - the historical Walachian Price Vlad Dracula III and literal Vampire Count. But also about the roots of the vampire myths in Transylvania, Dracula Park odyssey, Dracula's three castles in Romania, the Eastern European roots of the vampire myths.
The story is immediately compelling but I think it was a little quickly told. I personally would've love to have it with more details.
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History or Myth 2 Sept. 2013
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The book is very interesting in that I have been researching my Transylvanian Saxon ancestors for the last ten years and have been traveling in Transylvania off and on for the last four years. Interestingly, while I had read lots of books about the Saxons (Siebenbuerger Sachsen) I had only recently read Dracula by Bram Stoker before my first trip to the village of my birth BISTRIZ. This is a great introductory book for both Dracula and Vlad. But having read this authors book on the Saxons I found that book to be a lot more interesting and more directly in line with my research on Genealogy and Genetic Migration.
Transylvania IS real 21 Aug. 2013
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Was Vlad the Impaler made famous posthumously due to Bram Stoker's Dracula? Or was Dracula made famous because of Vlad the Impaler? Some say that the fictional Dracula was based on Prince Vlad Tepes.

Vlad was a minor prince born in 1431; he was a bloodthirsty, cruel killer who liked punishing people. He lost his first session of ruling in only 2 months, and tried for a number of years to rule again, he succeeded and ruled for about 20 years before he was imprisoned, he gained his ruling for only about 2 months before he died.

Dracula was a fictional character created by Bram Stoker in 1897. Bram Stoker had never been to Romania yet accurately described its landscape. Bram Stoker unknowingly set up a tourist trade in Romania.

Most Romanians don't take Dracula seriously, and will generally only visit the tourist sites with foreign friends and tourists. Romania has become a tourist attraction for Vampire/Dracula enthusiasts and tour leaders found that there was generally a lack of interest in Vlad the Impaler as opposed to Dracula so the tours have shifted to include both fact and fiction of Vlad/Dracula.

Dracula has become a real support industry in Romania and Romania doesn't want to lose its history and patriotism. Romanians are trying to embrace the myth with elegance and not over do things in the tourist industry in a gimmicky way. Trying to find the correct balance is a catch 22.

Catalin Gruia includes a short tour guide at the back of the book with recommendations should the reader ever choose to visit Romania for a Dracula/Vlad tour. And as with the rest of Catalin's books I the reader have come away knowing a lot more about Romania and I'm richer for it.

The Kindle book review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair and honest review. We are not associated with the Author or Amazon.
Lauren- The Kindle Book Review.
Dracula: Real and Imagined 17 Nov. 2014
By will5967 - Published on Amazon.com
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For a book that often clearly reminds the reader (intentionally or otherwise) that much of the text is a translation from an entirely different language, Searching For Dracula in Romania by Catalin Gruia is a surprisingly accessible read.

By far, the best thing about the author's intensely interesting overview of the pop cultural cult of Dracula that has persisted around the world for more than a century now, is that it is written by a native Romanian, whose sole purpose is to provide non-Romanians with a more accurate understanding of the real historical character that has come (much to the chagrin of his present day countrymen who still revere the actual man's memory) to be so readily identified with the fictional vampire Count of Bram Stoker's immortal novel of the same name.

This is a fun book, because it not only allows the reader to revel in the dark Gothic world of popular Dracula legend, but also provides a fair and mostly unbiased view of the real Vlad Tepes, national hero of Romania.
Interesting and entertaining 12 Oct. 2013
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This is a short book, but then it is not expensive. I found it interesting and entertaining. This is the first place that I have found the story of the building of the hotel 'Dracula's Castle' at the top of the pass between Transylvania and Bucovina. I have passed this establishment a number of times while driving to my holiday home near Suceava, Bucovina, and often wondered how it got built in the Communist days. The schizophrenic Romanian attitude to the Dracula stories is very well described. I think this only appeals to a niche market, but it is excellent for that market.
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