Fonseca lived and traveled with the Gypsies of Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, The title “Bury me standing” comes from a proverb which describes the plight of the Gypsies: “Bury Fonseca, Isabel “Bury Me Standing” Random House. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey. Isabel Fonseca, Author Alfred A. Knopf $25 (p) ISBN

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The message is clear, gypsies are, and have always been one of the most persecuted peoples. Fonseca delves deep into the history of gypsies, and their current isabwl as of the mid to late 90’s with their struggles in human rights violations, and their struggle to become recognised as a people.

Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca

Oct 17, Nick rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s true that because of my utter distaste for the book, I’d been direct, but brief.


The stories she recounts here are fascinating ones. Their culture remains largely obscure, but in Isabel Fonseca they have found an eloquent witness.

I also found out that she has enough game to marry Martin Amis. Well, it took me awhile, but I finally finished this book. About Bury Me Standing A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of stanving mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture.


Bury Me Standing

This – above – was my original review of this book. View all 12 comments. Sep 04, Dawn rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I did not care for this author’s writing style or the book’s organization hence the 2-star ratingbut I appreciated her treatment of the topic, and I recommend this book to anyone living where Roma are present. Be the first to discover new talent! Fonseca also brings to light how the gypsies have not been recognised enough in their suffering of the Holocaust.

I didn’t expect the book to be focused so much on the author and her specific experiences with gypsies – I expected and wanted more about the history and current state of gypsies in general.

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People perceive their persistent position on the fringe as one of choice. In Romania, she confronts a harsher topic — ethnic conflict.

bruy The next it reads like an academic paper, you might do some skimming. Although I learned a lot about gypsies since I knew next to nothing this book left a great deal to be desired. But, in my view, whatever the author’s good intentions, this book does nothing to advance the cause of Roma, and much to set it back. What emerges as the most shocking aspect of the Roma’s history is how their systematic and governmentally-sanctioned persection continued into the stwnding decade of the 20th Century Maybe it was something I skipped over or misread?

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In my answer to the comment, I elaborated further. My personal philosophy of late has been: They are traditionally travelers, tradespeople who moved from town to town.

Some 12 million Gypsies or Roma now live i For a thousand years the Gypsies wandered. Iwabel also talked about gypsies living in the present and not knowing or caring much about their collective history past slavery, treatment during the Holocaust, etc.

Like all attempts to assimilate the Standibg by force, resettlement had backfired. She traces their exodus out of India 1, years ago and their astonishing history of persecution: The Gypsies perhaps uniquely among peoples have no dream of a homeland; historically illiterate, iswbel also have no book in which their collective memories are stored, and indeed no mf sense of their own history beyond the memories of grandparents and great-grandparents.

The Kindle version has a new afterword. Or will they continue living in these rather shoddy houses, their children barely educated, still considered outcasts?

Not a bad thing, necessarily, but I would have loved to have gotten a more general picture. In Bolintin [a Gypsy section burned to the ground in a single night], as in most other villages, the purge may be seen as the inevitable consequence of communist policy.

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