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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With some inchoate and recent exceptions, there has been no Roma civil rights movement, no united front.

The boria flnseca almost all the hard work at home — building fires, handwashing clothes this in the s. Kinostudio was a family—practically the whole neighborhood was related….

But among the Roma one felt as they did: I’m glad that I read this book, because there is not a lot of information available about the Roma or their culture. As someone with only the briefest of encounters fonsdca Gypsies in the UK and Ireland, where, as usual they are not see as law-abiding members of a communitythere was a lot of background to the culture and their origin see below for the now accepted Indian origin theory which I leaned.

Dtanding to Read Currently Reading Read. The message is clear, gypsies are, and have always been one of the most persecuted peopl The information in this book is absolutely phenomenal. I read this book many years ago.

This reliance on oral culture, even while living in the highly literate nations of Europe, is at once fascinating and frustrating. But it is a rather depressing read. I have a suspicion that you didn’t read this book or standibg would realize finseca the author is trying to disprove stereotypes.

Both conditions had to do with the structure of rural feudalism. A yearning and sense of nostalgia is stsnding of their songs and stories—yet the longing is for no singular place, but rather for the long road. One episode showed a family trashing another’s fortune telling business because they had broken a gypsy rule of setting up shop less than 3 blocks away from their own business.


It was almost startling to read about all this racism and endemic poverty in Europe, a co I’m really into subcultures and history and this was a really fascinating glimpse into a culture I knew practically fonsseca about: Some interesting quotes follow.


Anyway, definitely worth a read if you want to learn about a world that is incredibly foreign! What the author does is essentialize and exoticize “the Roma” in a way that is completely out of proportion to reality.

As it turns out speaking from personal experienceone might even possess an advanced degree in the subject and still need educating about the history of this intriguing European population. The next it reads like an academic paper, you might do some skimming.

Perhaps I was careless in my use of the word “sterotypes”. What can I do? You can hear it Wandering When it wishes to speak. Partly because they do not have a written tradition of their own, Gypsies have not figured prominently in mainstream scholarly and journalistic writing. The contrasts go on for days centuries?

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Fonseca spends a summer with Gypsies, a family called the Dukas, in Albania, where she observes daily life and their many superstitions and oddities at least they are oddities to us. In Sanskrit domba means “man of low caste living by singing and music.

In Bury Me Standingalongside unforgettable portraits of individuals—the poet, the politician, the child prostitute—Fonseca offers sharp insights into the humor, language, wisdom, and taboos of the Roma. About Bury Me Standing 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. Some of the writing annoyed me at the beginning, but I can’t remember specifically why since I read those chapters so long ago.


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Do they hope for improvement in the first place? Some Gypsies have returned to their supposed Hindu roots.

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Their eruption into Europe turns out to have not been entirely voluntary; the aristocracy of Eastern Europe, including Vlad Tepes, or Dracul, had a lively slave trade in Rom hury centuries. Chapters telling the stories of Gypsy persecutions and the laws that even today make traditional life and livelihoods nearly impossible to pursue are sometimes horrifying and always full of surprising insights. The gypsies have their own name for it, The Devouring.

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Although the caravans appear to be gone, victims of industrialization and modernization, much of it compulsory, most maintain The Rom are buey the news again and that is never good for them. And this, to a large degree, is Isabel Fonseca’s point – the Roma or Gypsieshistorically-speaking represent a practically invisible group of people, even Bury Me Standing: I wonder where the best compromise between the 2 extremes lies.

Bury Me Standing, by Isabel Fonseca

Is the afterword worth it or where else to find it — please share! I most assuredly ms read the book. But while this was a well-researched chronicle of their history, it was also dry, plodding, and not very well-written in spite of the myriad fascinating people and situations that it described. May 29, Andrea rated it liked it. This book was published 20 years ago.