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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While this book, like many reviewers pointed out, didn’t really clear any stereotypes I came in with — such as that they’re exotic — Nury found it extremely rich and informative. Someone who obviously knows little about gypsies wrote the article because those bears would have eaten better than their children! It really was an eye opener!

My friend Roger not only endorsed the book but gave me his copy I have since acquired my own and I was riveted with its anecdotes and depositions; I recall that I was engrossed with such at the airport when I first met Lena, my best friend’s wife. Therefore, I got this book to learn more about their culture. The Dukas [family] did not share gadjo notions of or need for privacy. Disgusting, Europe you should be so ashamed!!! Fonseca delves deep into the history of gypsies, and their current situations as of the mid to late 90’s with their struggles in human rights violations, and their struggle to become recognised as a people.

Where can I find Legends and songs? Fonseca has a knack for linking insight to wit and observation, as in this fonsec on Gypsy dogs: Trust me; the real story is every bit as fascinating as the folklore. Feb standng, Sharlene rated it liked it Shelves: Trivia About Bury Me Standing Their culture remains largely obscure, but in Isabel Fonseca they have found an eloquent witness.

It talks about the Holocaust. Her excellent bibliography will help me to learn more about the Roma people. Literally nothing besides the stereotypical stuff out there about them, stuff that really burgeons on stereotyping and, perhaps, racism in some cases. Whether as handy scapegoats or figments of the romantic imagination, the Gypsies have always been with us—but never before have they been brought so vividly to life.


Any book that gets me more interested in a subject, about which I knew little initially, deserves my praise. Myself, I have always thought of getting ‘made up’ as a mask, somewhat disingenuous. Books by Isabel Fonseca. The middle hundred pages or so could easily have been removed without taking much away from the book, and I really had to force myself to finish it.

Nor it is, as English Gypsies told the social anthropologist Judith Oakley, “cos we always roam. I did not care for this author’s writing style or the book’s organization hence the 2-star ratingbut I appreciated her treatment of the topic, and I recommend this book to anyone living where Roma are present.

So while it was interesting and I think worthwhile to read about a isabe, reclusive culture, I didn’t enjoy this book and Standign think anybody wanting to read about the Roma would do better to look elsewhere.

Bury Me Standing, by Isabel Fonseca

Jan 11, Judy rated it liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Bury Me Standingplease sign up. Although the caravans appear to be gone, victims of industrialization and modernization, much of it compulsory, most maintain The Rom are in the news again and that is never good for them.

But when you bufy one of a group of people so universally detested, and treated as such, how motivated would you be to take on the establishment?

The title of Fonseca’s book comes from a Rom proverb: In fact while Europe was speaking out against American slavery they had slaves in their own backyard.


And this, to a large degree, is Isabel Fonseca’s point – the Roma or Gypsieshistorically-speaking represent a practically invisible group of people, even though they live in nearly every nation in Europe with smaller populations in Africa, Asia and the United States. This lies in the word the Gypsies widely use to refer to themselves and literally to mean man or husband: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I didn’t expect the book to be focused so much on the author and her specific experiences with gypsies – I expected and wanted more about the history and current state of gypsies in general.


This is beyond hospitality. Sad and depressing, without doubt, the future of the Gypsies looks pretty bleak.

I didn’t find a print version of incl afterword. Most interesting to me was her analasis of Romani group memory, or lack there standiing, that she attributes to a survival seize the day mentality. They are largely illiterate and have an understandable aversion to “the establishment. Dec 03, Jonfaith rated it it was amazing. Romanians destroy Gypsy homes, trying to force them out of the towns and villages, sometimes even killing or maiming Gypsies. Nov 25, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: On the other hand, they have a strange reluctance to respond to the Holocaust ms, dead.

There’s too much information in this book. Dec 18, Felicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fonseca spent, cumulatively, years in the early s traveling in Europe, living with Roma families, scouring archives, witnessing the omnipresent prejudice against these people, and frequently getting the runaround from government officials. She lays bare their vulnerabilities, how it has brought an end to their nomadic way of life, cost some their language, and many their loss of life.

The biggest problem is they culturally are in a weak position. This was one successful random pickup at the library. More importantly, she has the anthropological and sociological chops to explore the issue on a more theoretical and intellectual level than your everyday journalist.