Dancing Bears: True Stories Of People Nostalgic For Life Under Tyranny
ISBN: 0143129740
EAN13: 9780143129745
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 6, 2018
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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*As heard on NPR's All Things Considered*

Utterly original. --The New York Times Book Review

Mixing bold journalism with bolder allegories, Mr. Szablowski teaches us with witty persistence that we must desire freedom rather than simply expect it. --Timothy Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom

An award-winning journalist's incisive, humorous, and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives

For hundreds of years, Bulgarian Gypsies trained bears to dance, welcoming them into their families and taking them on the road to perform. In the early 2000s, with the fall of Communism, they were forced to release the bears into a wildlife refuge. But even today, whenever the bears see a human, they still get up on their hind legs to dance.

In the tradition of Ryszard Kapuściński, award-winning Polish journalist Witold Szablowski uncovers remarkable stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and in Cuba who, like Bulgaria's dancing bears, are now free but who seem nostalgic for the time when they were not. His on-the-ground reporting--of smuggling a car into Ukraine, hitchhiking through Kosovo as it declares independence, arguing with Stalin-adoring tour guides at the Stalin Museum, Read More chevron_right

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