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Bulgaria and Northern Greece

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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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.

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Street Without a Name, Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

Street Without a Name, Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

by Kapka Kassabova

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 338 PAGES

Born in 1973, Kassabova traces her coming-of-age in Communist Sofia and bittersweet return to a land transformed over the last 30 years in this captivating, candid memoir and travelogue. (BLG38, $24.95)

Eyewitness Guide Bulgaria

Eyewitness Guide Bulgaria

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

This visually rich guide features outstanding maps, essays and travel information. (BLG32, $23.00)

Bulgaria Map

Bulgaria Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2008
  • MAP

This detailed, single-sided fold-up map shows the country at a scale of 1:400,000. Place names are usefully shown in both Cyrillic and Latin script and the multilingual legend includes English. (BGR06, $14.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Color photography, excellent local maps and an island-by-island synopsis of attractions make this book the one to carry with you. Includes a chapter on Athens. (GRE37, $28.00)

All Along the Danube: Recipes from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, & Bulgaria

All Along the Danube: Recipes from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, & Bulgaria


by Marina Polvay

  • FOOD
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A cookbook full of classic recipes from Central Europe, with some valuable morsels of culture. (EUR42, $16.95)

Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table


by Christopher Bakken

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Bakken picks olives on Thasos, bakes bread on Crete, eats thyme honey from Kythira with one of Greece's greatest poets and learns why Naxos is the best place for cheese in the Cyclades in this lyrical account of adventures at the table and in the fields across Greece. (GRE517, $34.95)

A Concise History of Bulgaria

A Concise History of Bulgaria


by R.J. Crampton

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

A highly readable, illustrated introduction to Bulgaria's history from medieval empire to Ottoman rule, revival and modernization to the fall of Communism. (BGR01, $31.99)

Black Sea

Black Sea


by Neal Ascherson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

In this skillful regional portrait, Ascherson weaves his own travels and impressions with a fascinating account of the Black Sea's history. From ancient mythology to modern politics, he admirably never loses sight of the sea itself. (RUS46, $22.00)

Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing


by Isabel Fonseca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe. (EUR09, $16.00)

In Search of Dracula

In Search of Dracula


by Raymond McNally

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

This history of Vlad Tepes (AKA Vlad the Impaler), the Romanian warrior prince and inspiration for Bram Stoker's infamous blood-drinking count, draws on oral histories and archaeological evidence and also examines Dracula's many incarnations in film and literature. (EUR193, $18.95)

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)

The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011

The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011


by Misha Glenny

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES

Longtime central European correspondent for the BBC based in Vienna, Glenny (The Fall of Yugoslavia) poignantly challenges the role of the Great Powers in this survey, newly revised and updated to cover developments in the region through 2011. (BLK32, $25.00)

The Fragility of Goodness, Why Bulgaria's Jews Survived the Holocaust

The Fragility of Goodness, Why Bulgaria's Jews Survived the Holocaust


by Tzvetan Todorov

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A reconstruction of what happened in Bulgaria during World War II, detailing how Bulgaria became one of two countries not to turn over its Jewish population. (BGR15, $27.95)

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe


by Dennis Hupchick | Harold Cox

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 130 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of Yugoslavia in admirable clarity. (EUR138, $21.95)

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, $18.00)

Crown of Thorns, The Reign of King Boris III of Bulgaria, 1918-1943

Crown of Thorns, The Reign of King Boris III of Bulgaria, 1918-1943


by Stephan Groueff

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A biography of the famed Bulgarian monarch, who ruled from the end of World War I to the middle of World War II, when he defied Hitler's wishes for expelling Bulgaria's Jews. (BGR02, $29.95)

The Colossus of Maroussi

The Colossus of Maroussi


by Henry Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell. (GRE05, $14.95)

Bai Ganyo, Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgarian

Bai Ganyo, Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgarian


by Aleko Konstantinov

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

An award-winning English translation of the 19th-century Bulgarian classic. The interlocking short stories, which are, by turns, humorous, satirical and dark, feature the folk hero Bai Ganyo. A solid literary introduction to Bulgaria. Translated by Aleko Konstantinov, Victor Friedman, Christina Kramer, Grace Fielder and Catherine Rudin. (BLG51, $19.95)

Corelli's Mandolin

Corelli's Mandolin


by Louis De Bernieres

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This lyrical novel captures the humanity, quirks and loves of village life in the Greek islands. A satire of war, this charming and richly-colored novel is set on Cephallonia during the Italian occupation in the 1940s. (GRE51, $15.95)

The Turkish Gambit

The Turkish Gambit


by Andrew Bromfield | Boris Akunin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Detective Erast Fandorin is caught in Bulgaria in the middle of the brutal Russo-Turkish war in this thriller set in 1877. The third book in the series. (RUS263, $15.00)

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