Book review: In Europe’s Shadow, by Robert Kaplan

Amidst a sea of often wildly inaccurate and turgid rubbish churned out by hacks eager to make a quick few bob in the wake of Romania’s 1989 revolution, one of the few genuinely readable accounts of Romania at the time was that which appeared in Robert Kaplan’s excellent Balkan Ghosts. A sweeping tour of the… Continue reading Book review: In Europe’s Shadow, by Robert Kaplan

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

Great books about Romania in English No. 4: Along the Enchanted Way

Along the Enchanted Way By William Blacker Apparently, in 1997, planes bound for Romania departed from the great media and financial centres of the western world carrying a sinister cargo: slick advertising executives hell bent on selling Romania’s dirt poor yet blissfully happy peasants all sorts of evil goods (such as – God forbid –… Continue reading Great books about Romania in English No. 4: Along the Enchanted Way