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Street Without A Name: Childhood And Other Misadventures In Bulgaria Paperback – 2 Feb 2009
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'A fascinating book - at once evocative, disturbing, and chock-a-block full of charm.' Jan Morris 'A unique memoir of what it was like to grow up in a Communist satellite country. In the mosaic of books about the bad old days, this book is the piece that was always missing. Now we have it, and it shines.' Clive James 'Not many books on the travel shelves have the force of revelation, but this one does - Kapka Kassabova leads us into a country most of us have hardly read about with an elegant assurance, an acid wit and a heart-rending precision that can make you see the world quite differently. This book is a treasure.' Pico Iyer
After years on the outside, Bulgaria has finally made it into the EU club, but beyond the cliches about undrinkable plonk, cheap property, and assassins with poison-tipped umbrellas, the country remains a largely unknown quantity. Born on the muddy outskirts of Sofia, Kapka Kassabova grew up under Communism, got away just as soon as she could, and has loved and hated her homeland in equal measure ever since. In this illuminating and entertaining memoir, Kapka revisits Bulgaria and her own muddled relationship to it, travelling back to the scenes of her childhood, sampling its bizarre tourist sites, uncovering its centuries' old history of bloodshed and blurred borders, and capturing the absurdities and idiosyncrasies of her own and her country's past.See all Product description
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The book works on many levels -as a memoir of her life, as a historical document and as a series of stories of people in her family or just people she meets during her return to the country. These stories reflect the state of ordinary citizens under communism and how the shadow cast by those years darkens their existence today.
It is beautifully written with a fine sensitivity for the people she grew up with and those still struggling to make themselves a live.
A grim but fascinating read.
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