A Street without a Name : Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria Paperback
After years on the outside, Bulgaria has finally made it into the EU club, but beyond the cliches about undrinkable plonk, cheap property, and assassins with poison-tipped umbrellas, the country remains a largely unknown quantity.
Born on the muddy outskirts of Sofia, Kapka Kassabova grew up under Communism, got away just as soon as she could, and has loved and hated her homeland in equal measure ever since.
In this illuminating and entertaining memoir, Kapka revisits Bulgaria and her own muddled relationship to it, travelling back to the scenes of her childhood, sampling its bizarre tourist sites, uncovering its centuries' old history of bloodshed and blurred borders, and capturing the absurdities and idiosyncrasies of her own and her country's past.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, 16 b&w integrated photos
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 02/02/2009
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781846271243
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Review by tonyblair
A book which can be roughly divided into 2 halves, the first covering the author's childhood and growing up in communist Sofia and the second covering her travels around Bulgaria since emigrating. I read this book during my own travels around Bulgaria. The first half of the book provides a fascinating insight into life under socialism. The second half is spent describing places travelled to and reads more like traditional travel writing which really isn't the book's strength. The author also spends considerable time trying to decide who she is without making any real conclusions and doesn't really add a lot. Overall, a well written book with plenty of interest for someone wishing to understand more relatively recent Bulgarian history. (Bulgaria is also well worth a visit!)