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Bulgaria

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BULGARIA. Buy these 4 items as a set for $73 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Street Without a Name, Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

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Kapka Kassabova
Skyhorse
2009
338
1602396450
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
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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.
$24.95

The Balkans, A Short History

BLK28
Mark Mazower
Modern Library
2002
188
081296621X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
$16.00

Eyewitness Guide Bulgaria

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Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
284
1465411739
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This visually rich guide features outstanding maps, essays and travel information.
$23.00

Bulgaria Map

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Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2008
1
3707903222
MAP
Reference
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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.
$14.95

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

EUR42
Marina Polvay
Hippocrene Books
2002
360
0781808065
PAPER
Food
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0
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0
A cookbook full of classic recipes from Central Europe, with some valuable morsels of culture.
$16.95

A Concise History of Bulgaria

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R.J. Crampton
Cambridge University Press
2005
287
0521616379
PAPER
History
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0
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A highly readable, illustrated introduction to Bulgaria's history from medieval empire to Ottoman rule, revival and modernization to the fall of Communism.
$35.99

Black Sea

RUS46
Neal Ascherson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1996
306
0809015935
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
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0
0
0
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.
$22.00

Border, A Journey to the Edge of Europe

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Kapka Kassabova
Graywolf Press
2017
400
1555977863
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Mixing history with on-the-ground reporting, this narrative centers on Bulgaria’s role in Europe’s migration crisis. Kassabova's portrait of the southern Bulgarian border depicts a beautiful region that has been a meeting-place of empires and a gateway fo
$16.00

Bury Me Standing

EUR09
Isabel Fonseca
Vintage Books
1996
322
067973743X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
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0
0
0
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.
$17.00

In Search of Dracula

EUR193
Raymond McNally
Lightning Source
1999
297
0395657830
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

Lords of the Horizons

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Jason Goodwin
Picador USA
2003
351
0312420668
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

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

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Misha Glenny
Penguin Putnam
2012
752
0140233776
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.00

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

BGR15
Tzvetan Todorov
Princeton University Press
2003
208
0691115648
PAPER
History
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0
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0
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.
$32.95

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

EUR138
Dennis Hupchick, Harold Cox
Springer
2001
130
0312239858
PAPER
History
0
0
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0
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
$32.99

The Romani Gypsies

EUR470
Yaron Matras
Belknap Press
2014
320
067436838X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Matras delves into the history of the Romani, an ancient and misunderstood European culture that has survived through modern times.
$29.95

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

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Robert D. Kaplan
Picador USA
2005
307
0312424930
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. Named one of the best of 1993 by the New York Times.
$20.00

Blue River, Black Sea

EUR353
Andrew Eames
Trafalgar Square
2010
448
059305878X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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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.
$16.95

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

BGR02
Stephan Groueff
Madison Books
1998
440
1568331142
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
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0
0
0
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.
$29.95

The Broken Road, From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

EUR416
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2015
384
1590177797
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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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.
$17.95

The Danube

CEU47
Nick Thorpe
Yale University Press
2014
328
0300205457
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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0
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.
$28.00

Bai Ganyo, Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgarian

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Aleko Konstantinov
University of Wisconsin Press
2010
160
0299236943
PAPER
Literature
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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.
$19.95

Stork Mountain

BGR16
Miroslav Penkov
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2017
448
1250118107
PAPER
Literature
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A stunning debut novel that takes readers high into the Strandja Mountains. A young immigrant returns to Bulgaria to find his grandfather. He traces his grandfather's footsteps to the giant oaks where black storks nest, bringing a hidden past to life.
$18.00

The Shadow Land

BLG64
Elizabeth Kostova
Random House
2017
496
0345527860
HARD COVER
Literature
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Set in the elegant city of Sofia, this novel beautifully imagines Bulgaria’s history. After a death in the family, Alexandra Boyd seeks consolation in Eastern Europe, but when she accidentally comes into possession of an urn filled with human ashes, her journey has just begun.
$28.00

The Turkish Gambit

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Andrew Bromfield (Translator), Boris Akunin
Random House
2006
224
0812968786
PAPER
Mystery
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0
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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.
$16.00

Wolf Hunt

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Ivailo Petrov
Archipelago Books
2017
300
0914671707
PAPER
Literature
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0
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This tragi-comic novel centers on six Bulgarian villagers as they embark on a final winter hunt. Oppressed by the Communist Party to abandon their ways of life, the men soon find that their expedition will have a human cost.
$20.00

For Kids

Dracula

EUR471
Tania Zamorsky
Sterling Publishing Company
2007
151
1402736908
HARD COVER
Literature
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0
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MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, composed in short and clear sentences. Middle readers will be introduced to the ubiquitous myth of the count without getting mired in the lengthy, complex original. Part of Sterling Publications’ Classic Starts series. Includes black-and-white illustrations.
$6.95

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Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe

EUR25
Bill Bryson
HarperCollins
2001
254
0380713802
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character.
$15.99

The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague

GER36
Timothy Garton Ash
Vintage Books
1993
167
0679740481
PAPER
History
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0
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0
With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change.
$15.00

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

The Improbable Voyage

EUR156
Tristan Jones
Sheridan House
1998
332
1574090623
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
0
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Jones, an inveterate Welsh sailor, adventurer and storyteller, channels Eastern Europe circa 1985 in his tale of a tough voyage along the Rhine and Danube to the Black Sea.
$16.50

Yiddish Folktales

CEU33
Beatrice Weinreich
Schocken Books
1997
413
0805210903
PAPER
Literature
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0
0
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A collection of 178 tales, many very short, of princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder-working rebbes, gathered during the 1920s and 1930s by ethnographers in the small towns and villages of Eastern Europe.
$22.00

Bradt Guide Bulgaria

BGR07
Annie Kay
Bradt Publications
2015
320
1841629375
PAPER
Guidebook
2/1/2008
0
0
0
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A practical guide to Bulgaria, with a strong focus on nature and activities, and an extended section on Sofia. Timed to be published in conjuction with Bulgaria's joining of the European Union.
$24.99

National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel, A Guide to Eastern Europe

EUR241
Ruth Ellen Gruber
National Geographic
2007
320
1426200463
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A guide to the Jewish culture and history of Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine and Lithuania.
$18.95

Bulgaria

BGR09
R. J. Crampton
Oxford University Press
2007
536
0198205147
HARD COVER
History
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0
0
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Crampton explores the key political, social, and economic developments of Bulgaria since the formation of the first modern Bulgarian state in 1878 to its current status as a modern, thriving European nation.
$96.00