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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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The Balkans, A Short History

The Balkans, A Short History

by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey. (BLK28, $15.00)

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

by Robert D. Kaplan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. (BLK02, $17.00)

Balkans & Southeast Europe Map

Balkans & Southeast Europe Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2009
  • MAP

This nicely detailed European regional map (1:2,000,000) shows the route of the Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea. (EUR147, $14.95)

 
Bradt Guide Albania

Bradt Guide Albania


by Gillian Gloyer

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A compact overview of Albania, its history, wildlife and major attractions. Geared for the independent traveler, it also includes maps and practical information. (BLK66, $25.99)

Bradt Guide Macedonia

Bradt Guide Macedonia


by Thammy Evans

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A personal, detailed overview of Macedonia with excellent travel information. (EUR168, $26.99)

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia


by Rebecca West | Christopher Hitchens

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 1181 PAGES

First published in 1941, this monumental work explores the complex history of Yugoslavia, its heroes, politics and culture. It's a big, challenging book -- some call it the best ever written on the Balkans. (BLK04, $27.00)

The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History

The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History


by John Haldon

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

Princeton historian Haldon charts the political, social and economic history of the medieval empire in this succint resource with over 100 maps. (TKY237, $30.00)

Byzantine Art

Byzantine Art


by Robin Cormack

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

A scholarly introduction and survey of the art of the Byzantine empire in the Oxford History of Art. With 127 illustrations, 82 in full color. (MDE64, $27.95)

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Early Christian and Byzantine Art


by John Lowden

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated guide to the architectural heritage of the early Christian period (860-1453), with a survey of the philosophy and intellectual climate of the time. (EUR23, $29.95)

Conversations With Stalin

Conversations With Stalin


by Milovan Djilas

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1963
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

This is a scathing memoir by one of Tito's top aides, ousted from the Communist Party in 1954. It captures some of the absurdities of life in communist Yugoslavia. (BLK24, $13.95)

Edward Lear in Albania, Journals of a Landscape Painter in the Balkans

Edward Lear in Albania, Journals of a Landscape Painter in the Balkans


by Edward Lear

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 225 PAGES

There is "luxury and inconvenience on the one hand, liberty, hard living and filth on the other." So Edward Lear described the mysterious and often misunderstood country of Albania. With vivid insights into the environment, culture and politics of the period, Lear's wonderously illustrated journals of paint a captivating portrait of this wild corner of Europe in the 1840s. (BLK151, $49.95)

Fado


by Andrzej Stasiuk

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A tribute to the culturally rich landscapes, literature and history of Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Albania by the Polish writer, poet, essayist and literary critic. (EUR350, $13.95)

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed


by Slavenka Drakulic

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 227 PAGES

These short essays capture the absurdity, struggle and day-to-day reality of being a woman in Yugoslavia under communism. Drakulic is an award-winning Croatian journalist and novelist. (BLK38, $15.99)

People of the Storm God, Travels In Macedonia

People of the Storm God, Travels In Macedonia


by Will Myer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A sobering account of a 1994 trip to the politically and culturally complex Republic of Macedonia. (BLK112, $15.00)

Broken April

Broken April


by Ismail Kadare

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

In this best-known novel by the contemporary Albanian writer, a bereaved mountaineer and a young anthropologist couple both wrestle with the age-old traditions of the high plateau. (BLK70, $14.95)

Death and the Dervish

Death and the Dervish


by Mesa Selimovic

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

The tale of Sheikh Nuruddin, the self-serving dervish of the title, set during Ottoman rule in 18th-century Bosnia. Selimovic (1910-1982) was a well-known Bosnian Muslim author. (BLK69, $24.95)

Pretty Birds, A Novel

Pretty Birds, A Novel


by Scott Simon

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

In this bold first novel Simon turns his experiences as a journalist in war-torn Bosnia into a powerful tale of family, ethnicity and survival. (BLK63, $15.00)

The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina


by Ivo Andric | Lovette F. Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

These linked stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration. (BLK59, $15.00)

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