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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
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 288 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)

 
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)

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 portrait of a region, 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)

Lords of the Horizons

Lords of the Horizons


by Jason Goodwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

Goodwin artfully combines his modern travels with scholarship, history and reflection, capturing the outrageous personalities, events and vagaries of the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire. (TKY44, $18.00)

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, $17.00)

Blue River, Black Sea

Blue River, Black Sea


by Andrew Eames

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

By bicycle, boat and on foot, British adventurer Andrew Eames (The 8:55 to Baghdad) weaves entertaining tales of his travels and the people he meets along the Danube from the Black Forest to Romania and the Ukraine into an insightful contemporary portrait of the region. (EUR353, $16.95)

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 Broken Road, From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

The Broken Road, From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

Assembled from Leigh Fermor's manuscripts by friend and biographer Artemis Cooper, with the travel writer Colin Thubron, this is perhaps the most personal of all Leigh Fermor's books, catching up with young Paddy in the fall of 1934 and following him through Bulgaria and Romania to the coast of the Black Sea. (EUR416, $30.00)

The Danube

The Danube


by Nick Thorpe

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 328 PAGES
  • NEW

Thorpe travels against the current on a year-long journey from the Black Sea to the Black Forest, mixing accounts of his daily morning swims with environmental research, archaeological observations and, especially, tales of the ferrymen and fisherman, shopkeepers, activists and others he meets along the way. Central Europe correspondent for the BBC, the British journalist and writer has lived in Budapest since 1986. (CEU47, $35.00)

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)

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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