Fonseca lived and traveled with the Gypsies of Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, The title “Bury me standing” comes from a proverb which describes the plight of the Gypsies: “Bury Fonseca, Isabel “Bury Me Standing” Random House. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture. Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey. Isabel Fonseca, Author Alfred A. Knopf $25 (p) ISBN

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I must be honest, and admit I wanted to throw in the towel for the simple reason that I hate books that are so obviously aimed at the scholarly reader, I just couldn’t. In a long term relationship, the risk is great that eventually over the years the truth will come out somehow and spoil their imaginary portrait of perfection. More importantly, she has the anthropological and sociological chops to explore the issue on a more theoretical and intellectual level than your everyday jou Finding my way to this after finishing Colum McCann’s excellent new novel, ZOLI, I learned a great deal about Gypsy culture and the roots of ethnic persecution in Eastern Europe.

Like the Jews of Europe, the Roma people are regarded as pariahs. Really, this book focuses on the s, but it covers so much more than that. For the gypsies it would seem that their isolationism from mainstream culture is the drug that they can’t give up. Although the caravans appear to be gone, victims of industrialization and modernization, much of it compulsory, most maintain The Rom are in the news again and that is never good for them.

Anyway, definitely worth a read if you want to learn about a world that is incredibly foreign! Perhaps I was careless in my use of the word “sterotypes”. This makes me wonder whether the descendants of slaves in America would continue to be subjected to similar persecution if not for the organization by the likes of Martin Luther King and other crusaders like him.


However, lest I paint Bury Me Standing as a bleaker work than it is, Isabel Fonseca observes throughout that despite the persecution and even because of it, Roma culture remains resilient, cohesive and vivid. Fonseca could barely contain her anger at this, it was plain in her writing. If you’re interested in history, or gypsies in general then this is not a book to be passed by.

This book was published 20 years ago.

Already this beginning prepares the reader for a ronseca different kind of non-fiction book. People have often called me a gypsy because of my previous traveling lifestyle and I enjoyed the label. Although t This was one successful random pickup at the library.

Un passage truculent, quand elle habite chez une famille de Roms en Albanie: They are constraine I learned heaps from Ms. The beautiful liar may make you much happier over the short term, but the reliable truth teller will make you feel more secure over time. The Roma have, by and large, left no written record about themselves. Full of characters, yet having no character. I have always thought that the work you do is more important than your physical presentation.

Lord save us from the friends of the colored people Fonseca’s books is full of the incredible diversity of a people so universally stereotyped: Although the caravans appear to be gone, victims of industrialization and modernization, much of it compulsory, most maintain a separate linguistic, cultural and economic identity.

Oct 15, Hana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Roma have been subject to the kind of oppression and violence that, historically, has been inflicted upon Native Americans i. I know next to nothing about the Roma people. In conclusion, this was an eye opening book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in gypsy culture. Each chapter could stand on its own which is why I kept jumping in and out of this book over the past months.

The latest European country to find them enough of a nuisance for deportation is France. And still they persist: So while it was interesting and I think I’m glad that I read this book, because there is not a lot of information available about the Roma or their culture.


Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca

Well, it took me awhile, but I finally finished this book. And so an otherwi At some point in life, you stop being surprised. As someone who had worked on Roma issues and has interacted with many Romani people from all socio-economic classes, I can also isahel you that this is a book that makes pretty much everyone I know groan. Just a izabel while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Literally nothing besides the stereotypical stuff out there about them, stuff that really burgeons on stereotyping and, perhaps, racism in some cases.

Some interesting quotes follow.

But, in my view, whatever the author’s good intentions, this book does nothing to advance the cause of Roma, and much to set it back. To truly understand the complexity of their culture this book needs to be read.

Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey

The author clearly wants people to look passed the staneing reputation gypsies tend to have, but then she throws in lines about this or that gypsy trying to fleece her or con someone else stnding tends to reinforce the bad stereotypes. See all books by Isabel Fonseca. My main fault with this book is that it was written by the author.

Interspersed throughout the anthropological text is some material on the history of Gypsies. With some inchoate and recent exceptions, there has been no Roma civil rights movement, no united front. The contrasts go on for days centuries?