The Resource Dancing bears : true stories about longing for the old days, Witold Szabłowski ; translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Dancing bears : true stories about longing for the old days, Witold Szabłowski ; translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

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Dancing bears : true stories about longing for the old days
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Dancing bears
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true stories about longing for the old days
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Witold Szabłowski ; translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
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'One of the truest and most beautiful things I've read.' Tim Flannery. I used to bottle-feed my father's two bears. When my son was born, they were kept together. There were plenty of times when I got it wrong--the baby drank from the bear's bottle, and the bear from his. So when they fired me from the collective farm, I knew one thing: if I wanted to go on living, I had to find a bear. A brilliant, funny and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries who are nostalgic for how they used to live. 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, after 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 tells remarkable stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and in Cuba who, like Bulgaria's dancing bears, are now free but long for when they were not. He describes hitchhiking through Kosovo as it declares independence, arguing with the guides at the Stalin Museum, and sleeping in London's Victoria Station alongside a homeless Polish woman. Dancing Bears is a fascinating portrait of social and economic upheaval, and a lesson in the challenges of freedom and the seductions of authoritarian rule. Witold Szablowski is an award-winning Polish journalist. His 2013 book about Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City, won the Beata Pawlak Award and an English PEN award, and was nominated for the Nike Award, Poland's most prestigious book prize. Antonia Lloyd-Jones is a leading translator from Polish, and has twice won the Found in Translation Award. She is a mentor for the UK's Emerging Translators' Mentorship Programme, and a former co-chair of the Translators Association. 'Heartrending...A sharply drawn account of people in "newly free societies" who long for life to be the same as it was in the unfree past...Connected by the allegory of performing bears, Szablowski's melancholy personality studies underscore freedom's challenges and the seductions of authoritarian rule.' Publishers Weekly 'Witold Szablowski is a born storyteller. His reports from the post-Communist world read like fairy-tales with the stench of reality. Absurd, darkly funny, compassionate, his book is a literary jewel.' Ian Buruma 'A poignant allegory about the human costs of regime change. Combining black humour with lyrical prose, Szablowski brilliantly captures the tragic disorientation of men and women whose lifes were bifurcated by the sudden collapse of Communism and ruthless onslaught of neoliberal capitalism. Dancing Bears should be required reading for anyone hoping to understand the growing appeal of authoritarian leaders in Eastern Europe today.' Kristen Ghodsee
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Szabłowski, Witold
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Lloyd-Jones, Antonia
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Dancing bears : true stories about longing for the old days, Witold Szabłowski ; translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
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Dancing bears : true stories about longing for the old days, Witold Szabłowski ; translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=3644410
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9781925626407
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