On the Road to Babadag

On the Road to Babadag

Travels in the Other Europe

eBook - 2011
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"Andrzej Stasiuk is a restless and indefatigable traveler. His journeys take him from his native Poland to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Albania, Moldova, and Ukraine. By car, train, bus, ferry. To small towns and villages with unfamiliar-sounding yet strangely evocative names. "The heart of my Europe," Stasiuk tells us, "beats in Sokolow, Podlaski, and in Husi, not in Vienna." Where did Moldova end and Transylvania begin, he wonders as he is being driven at breakneck speed in an ancient Audi--loose wires hanging from the dashboard--by a driver in shorts and bare feet, a cross swinging on his chest. In Comrat, a funeral procession moves slowly down the main street, the open coffin on a pickup truck, an old woman dressed in black brushing away the flies above the face of the deceased. On to Soroca, a baroque--Byzantine--Tatar--Turkish encampment, to meet Gypsies. And all the way to Babadag, between the Baltic Coast and the Black Sea, where Stasiuk sees his first minaret, "simple and severe, a pencil pointed at the sky." A brilliant tour of Europe's dark underside--travel writing at its very best"-- Provided by publisher.
"A collection of travel narratives from Central and Eastern Europe by award-winning Polish author Andrzej Stasiuk"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547549125
0547549121
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (255 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc

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3romm3la
Dec 04, 2014

Could have been better, but the author rambles on far too much.

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chatkanuda
Aug 09, 2012

Inspired by Kerouac but very much on his own journey, Stasiuk brings a poetic eye and historian's insight to his travels to lesser-known places in Eastern and Central Europe. In doing so, he shows a world not yet polished and homogenized by global flows of culture and commerce. For Western readers, this means a look, perhaps, at what we have been and still could be. For all, it's an exploration—through imagery, style, imagination, and insight—into the remarkable of the seemingly unremarkable. A stunning book.

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chatkanuda
Aug 09, 2012

“It’s good to come to a country you know practically nothing about. Your thoughts grow still, useless. Everything must be rebuilt. In a country you know nothing about, there is no reference point. You struggle to associate colors, smells, dim memories. You live a little like a child, or an animal. Objects and events may bring things to mind, but in the end they remain no more than what they are in fact. They begin only when we experience them, vanish when others follow. So they truly have no significance. They are made of that primal substance that touches our senses but is too light, too evanescent, to teach us anything.”

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