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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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.

Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey

As someone who had worked on Roma issues and has interacted with many Romani people from all socio-economic classes, I can also tell you that this is a book that makes pretty much everyone I know groan. Unlike the Jews, who have stood up to defend themselves, the Roma are still subject to usabel abuse from their non-Romany neighbours.

As I said, I came into this blind, just carrying with me things that I’d heard or s I’m going to preface my review with this: And there are some other horrifying things to learn, such as a woman who tells Fonseca that she wtanding had 28 abortions, which she performed herself.

Here she presents what she saw and learned and also gives a brief history of the Roma. Although I learned a lot about gypsies since I knew next to nothing this book left a great deal to be desired.


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

Nor it is, as English Gypsies told the social anthropologist Judith Oakley, “cos we always roam. The author blends heartbreaking anecdotes and character studies with history and trivia that ultimately make the gypsy story unfathomable to me.

I will never use the word “gypsy” again after reading this, for sure. More importantly, she has the anthropological and sociological chops to explore the issue on a more theoretical and intellectual level than your everyday journalist.

It’s true that isanel of my utter distaste for the book, I’d been direct, but brief. View all 5 comments.

You can hear it Wandering When it wishes to speak. I don’t really think my thoughts about staning have changed much after this book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Also in Vintage Departures. Some 12 million Gypsies or Roma now live i For a thousand years the Gypsies wandered. The Roma have, by and large, left no written record about themselves.

Bury Me Standing

Embellishments are intended to give pleasure. Aug 18, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: While I was previously aware of nasty gossiping about gypsy people by those living around them, I had no idea of the level of authority sanctioned violence and destruction that they have been subjected to. I most assuredly have read the book. I learned heaps from Ms. By living amongst them, Isabel Fonseca was able to do what few outsiders have accomplished, provide a glimpse into the way of life of a highly secretive people.


Gypsies were fonseva of a Halloween costume than a real culture or group of people as far as I was concerned before I moved to Europe.

Perhaps in gypsy culture it is more important to present people with something nice and cheerful, than to present you with the truth. Lists with This Book. It helped that I knew absolutely nothing about the subject matter, so there was some added interest there. That the Roma culture has remained so largely oral, so dependent on living memory, has meant that the Roma of any one country neither know their own fonsfca history of persecution nor identify with or even are aware of the existence of Roma populations in other countries.

Tinsmiths, and coppersmiths, locksmiths, blacksmiths…as well as the esteemed musicians among them, were valued and even fought over. Please provide an email address. The Gyspies were wantedand detained – not for crimes, but for their talents.

The information in this book is absolutely phenomenal. Stay in Touch Sign up. I don’t really feel that I really had that dispelled.