I use Roma and gypsy pretty interchangeably in this piece, though that is not technically correct. Her work, part anthropology, part travel writing, part historical investigation, captures the reality of Roma lives in Eastern Europe during the years of transition from communism to capitalism. She moves across Europe living with families, interviewing people, going to weddings and funerals, leadership conventions and bride markets. In Smolyan, the Roma are a visible group, often cleaning the streets or shoveling snow in bright, reflective safety vests.
Vintage Books, Random House, Inc. Visiting dozens of Roma Gypsy communities in the former Eastern bloc, Fonseca is amazed by their ability to survive. This study is a very readable account of who the Gypsies are, how they have come to be this way, and where they seem to be headed. Living with the Albanian family, Fonseca discovers a microcosmic portrait of the lives of modern Gypsy women.
The women do basically all of the work in the home; in the Dukas family, the mother runs the household, directing her daughters-in-law through the daily drudgery of endless tasks—the daughters-in-law vying to outperform each other in every task.
It was the men, jobless and bored, who looked the worse off. Though her attempts have been somewhat successful, she never really seems to blend in; consequently, she appears to be an outcast among her adopted people as well as a pariah among her own people.
When she remarried a man in another clan, which considered itself superior to hers, Emilia was treated as a pariah. She now lives a horrible exile, rejected by all the clans she has previously lived with.
For centuries the Roma have been targeted by states throughout Europe as scapegoats in difficult times. Fonseca finds this behavior widespread in Romania. Nations have written laws preventing a people from living nomadic lives; other nations have established quasi-economic policies intended to halt Gypsy immigration.
It is little wonder that a frustrated Gypsy leader has paraphrased a proverb: She admires their colorful independence, their strong sense of values, their pride in the face of derision and slander, their allegiance to clan and family, and their amazing resilience. She also finds hope for these people because their losses are finally being remembered: Leaders of many Roma clans have begun working together in a parliament in order to better define and unite their culture, the largest minority in Europe.
Ted Odenwald and his wife have lived in Oakland for 39 years. Now he is enjoying time spent with his family, singing in the North Jersey Chorus and quenching his wanderlust.Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey (Vintage Departures) - Kindle edition by Isabel Fonseca.
Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey (Vintage Departures).Reviews: May 29, · From their migration from India to four centuries of slavery in Romania (which is why, to this day, there are more gypsies in Romania than anywhere else) Fonseca moves through a millennia of history in an attempt to uncover how the Roma became the default political scapegoat and the most hated minority in Europe.
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/5. Apr 20, · ISABEL FONSECA’S new book, her second in 13 years, is a novel, “Attachment,” about a woman who suspects her husband of having an affair.
This is . Their culture remains largely obscure, but in Isabel Fonseca they have found an eloquent witness. In Bury Me Standing, alongside unforgettable portraits of individuals—the poet, the politician, the child prostitute—Fonseca offers sharp insights into the humor, language, wisdom, and taboos of the Roma/5(4).
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