This collection of essays by Zbigniew Herbert, the highly acclaimed Polish poet, bring to life the Dutch 17th century, with it's twin associations of tulipomania and Flemish art. A first class collection from a classical-minded avant-garde poet and essayist.
Drawing on years of interviews and conversations with Leigh Fermor and his closest friends, this beautifully crafted biography portrays a man of extraordinary gifts - widely considered to be the greatest travel writer of our time.
The astonishing memoir of the British soldier who smuggled himself into the most feared Nazi concentration camp and willingly swapped places with a Jewish inmate. A testament to the courage and endurance of the human spirit.
A delightful memoir of the ten years William Blacker spent living in rural Romania. His obvious affection and witty observations make this a fascinating account of an area of Europe unchanged since the middle ages until the end of the Second World War.
An interesting examination of historical culture & conscience in 19th & 20th century Romania, with an emphasis on national ideology. We do however prefer his Reaktion title 'Romania: Borderland of Europe'.
Carmen Bugan's moving and poetic testimony of a childhood spent under the totalitarian Ceausescu regime has drawn comparisons to Anna Funder's 'Stasiland'. As she describes her father's one-man protest, and the subsequent isolation and surveillance endured by his family, Bugan creates a powerfully intimate piece of recent history.
This brilliant series offers rich cultural and historical accounts of the world's great cities. Here Burton explores Prague's complex past, and the fascination it has exerted over the writers, artists and composers to emerge from its streets.
Davies is a prolific and insightful historian and this evocative work portrays Poland as the heart of Europe in an ideological as well as a geographical sense. This revised and updated edition also tackles ably the fall of the Eastern Bloc.
A comprehensive account of the Polish-Soviet war of 1919 which ended with the 'miracle of Vistula' where the Red Army was resoundingly defeated by the underdogs. Davies argues that this brief war would influence European history for the following 20 years. A detailed, informed account for those interested in European military history.
In this, the second glorious instalment of 'On Foot to Constantinople', the intrepid Leigh-Fermor is deep into Central Europe, following the Danube through remote villages and wolf-ridden mountains. His writing once again hums with inexhaustible charm and vivid descriptive flair. Brilliant.
In 1933 the precocious Leigh-Fermor set out aged eighteen to walk from Rotterdam to Istanbul. This resulting account, written in the author's later years and first published to great acclaim in 1977, is an absolute wonder of descriptive prose, evoking in retrospect a world luminescent with promise. The first volume of his mysteriously unconcluded On Foot To Constantinople 'trilogy', this is a true classic.
A balanced and engaging study of the 6 million Romany gypsies of Eastern Europe. Based on personal experience, time spent among them and strong friendships, Fonseca explores their history and their future.
An enduring and enchanting account of life in 1930s rural Romania. Hall wandered from village to village, actively participating in rural life, and his portrayal of the characters and lifestyles he encountered is elegiac and witty.
From the man who went 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' comes another rather silly but nonetheless infectious journey, recounted in a straightforward style that is not without its charm. The title can be taken at face value...
Part memoir, part travel wiriting, Kassabova revisits the country of her childhood as Bulgaria officially joins the EU. With an expat's irreverence and a tourist's curiosity she paints an honest and entertaining picture of a fascinating country.
A fascinating collection of essays by one of the great Czech writers. Among other things Klima muses on the city of his birth, the turbulent history through which he has lived and the achievements of his contemporaries.
Another of Levi's countless masterpieces, this reflection on the horrors of the Holocaust, and the existence he forged in its aftermath, is made all the more vital by the fact that the author took his own life shortly after completing it. An heroic attempt to make sense of the senseless.