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The Danube

The Danube

by Nick Thorpe

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 328 PAGES
  • NEW
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

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)

Between the Woods and the Water

Between the Woods and the Water

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Fermor continues with youthful adventures in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube. (CEU31, $15.95)

The Balkans, A Short History

The Balkans, A Short History

by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 1028 PAGES

This practical guide includes Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic as well as the Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans. (EUR72, $29.99)

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 Serbia

Bradt Guide Serbia


by Laurence Mitchell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular series with good information on transportation, historical sites, and accommodations, with an extended section on Belgrade, the capital city, and a separate chapter on Kosovo. (BLK67, $25.99)

Culture Smart! Serbia

Culture Smart! Serbia


by Lara Zmukic

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

With background information on Serbian history and customs and essential advice on what to expect and how to behave in different circumstances. (BLK171, $9.95)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

Eyewitness Guide Croatia


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights. (BLK39, $23.00)

Eyewitness Top 10 Budapest

Eyewitness Top 10 Budapest


by Craig Turp

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With a pull-out map and guide. (HGR69, $14.00)

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)

Budapest 1900

Budapest 1900


by John Lukacs

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations. (HGR01, $17.00)

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)

Danube

Danube


by Claudio Magris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986. (EUR58, $17.00)

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe


by Simon Winder

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 560 PAGES

Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue. (CEU46, $30.00)

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)

Just a Bite, A Transylvania Vampire Expert's Short History of the Undead

Just a Bite, A Transylvania Vampire Expert's Short History of the Undead


by Istvan Pivarcsi

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 291 PAGES

Based on his experiences spent in the lands of vampire legend, Transylvania, Istvan Pivarcsi explores the fascinating development of the modern-day vampire from its sources in Transylvanian oral tradition. (EUR443, $14.95)

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans


by Dennis Hupchick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans are clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. (BLK41, $22.00)

The Black Sea, A History

The Black Sea, A History


by Charles King

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

In this lively and entertaining book, which is based on extensive research in multiple languages, King investigates the myriad connections that have made the Black Sea more of a bridge than a boundary, linking religious communities, linguistic groups, empires, and later, nations and states. (EUR173, $35.00)

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


by Andrew Wheatcroft

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs. (AST11, $18.00)

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe


by Jerome Coignard | Marc Walter

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

This beautifully illustrated portrait of 11 extravagant European follies includes Neuschwanstein, Alexandra Cottage, Stolzenfels castle, Miramare castle, Peles castle, and Achilleion villa. (EUR187, $65.00)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

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)

Wider Than a Mile, One River Two Women


by Mimi Hughes

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

Hughes recaptures her experience as the first person to swim the Danube River without flippers, more than 1,770 miles. She writes movingly about her 89-day trip in this inspirational story of hope and a call for social change. (CEU48, $16.95)

Dracula

Dracula


by Bram Stoker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 520 PAGES

The vampire novel that started it all, based on the legend of "Vlad the Impaler." The gothic shocker is set within the dank castles and misty forests of Transylvania and the foggy streets and staid country houses of Victorian England. (EUR125, $11.00)

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