The Belgium of the East

We usually publish reviews of great books about Romania under the heading Great Books About Romania in English. Alas for those of you who don’t read Romanian, Lucian Boia’s latest book De ce este Romania altfel? (Why is Romania different?) is not – yet – available in English. We hope it will be very soon,… Continue reading The Belgium of the East

Great books about Romania in English: Never Mind the Balkans, Here’s Romania by Mike Ormsby

We had planned to do so much this weekend, not least watching the Arsenal lose at home to Blackburn in the cup, but then while drinking our Saturday morning coffee we noticed on Twitter that the Kindle version of Mike Ormsby’s Never Mind the Balkans, Here’s Romania was currently free. We downloaded it immediately and… Continue reading Great books about Romania in English: Never Mind the Balkans, Here’s Romania by Mike Ormsby

Rimaru: The Butcher of Bucharest

While the crimes carried out by Romania’s communist regime are reasonably well-documented, little is available (in English at least) about crimes carried during the communist regime. Perhaps the most famous case is what has become known as the Great Communist Bank Robbery. There is even a documentary film about the caper, which you can watch… Continue reading Rimaru: The Butcher of Bucharest

Books about Romania in English No. 5: The Last Hundred Days, by Patrick McGuinness

There are so few English novels set in Bucharest that when we heard of the existence of this book we got rather excited. So excited in fact that we went to the UK shortly afterwards with ‘Buy that book’ top of the To Do list. In our excitement, however, we promptly forgot to buy it.… Continue reading Books about Romania in English No. 5: The Last Hundred Days, by Patrick McGuinness

Great books about Romania in English

So far we have published four lengthy reviews of great books about Romania in English: Romania: Borderland of Europe By Lucian Boia Rates of Exchange By Malcolm Bradbury Romania and the European Union: How the Weak Vanquisjed the Strong By Tom Gallagher Along the Enchanted Way By William Blacker Over the next couple of months… Continue reading Great books about Romania in English