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Romania: Travel book
Clover Stroud reviews an inspiring guidebook examining Romania’s history and culture.
By Clover Stroud
ROMANIA edited by John Villiers (Pallas Athene £19.99)
Modern Romania is made up of the three former principalities of Transylvania, Moldavia and Wallachia; a country with a rich and diverse cultural heritage that embraces Greek, Roman, Slav, Bulgarian and Hungarian cultures (and even those of the Italian Renaissance and Byzantine, Ottoman and Habsburg empires). This is an inspiring guidebook, providing an in-depth examination of the country’s history and culture, with chapters written by different experts on each subject, including the painted churches of Moldavia, Romania textiles, music and glass icons, and an impressive examination of modern Romania’s economy. The guide concludes with a shorter section of practical information about where and when to visit. It is also beautifully illustrated with colour photographs. Perfect for anyone looking for an intelligently written, well-researched book on one of the most beguiling and romantic of countries.
“As with almost all European folk music, that of the Romanians is allied to the seasons, and, consequently, to life and death. But there is another genre of Romanian folk music, called the doina. This does not refer to any specific incident or time of year, but rather to a particular state of mind. The doina, while not being intentionally sad or pessimistic in character, tends to express the external struggle of life, the darker side of existence… in the Wallachian region, there exists a unique type of doina which sings of love in all its forms… here, generally, the music conveys a more optimistic state of mind.”
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