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Between Two Fires: Gypsy Performance and Romani Memory from Pushkin to Post-Socialism
by Alaina Lemon
Since tsarist times, Roma in Russia have been portrayed as both rebellious outlaws and free-spirited songbirds—in each case, as if isolated from society. In Soviet times, Russians continued to harbor these two, only seemingly opposed, views of “Gypsies,” exalting their songs on stage but scorning them on the streets as liars and cheats. Alaina Lemon’s Between Two Fires exa ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 20th 2000 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2000)
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Winner of the 2001 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize, Alaina Lemon’s Between Two Fires: Gypsy Performance and Romani Memory from Pushkin to Postsocialism, is a valuable contribution to the emerging field of Romani Studies. Lemon’s anthropological approach to Russian Roma is grounded in three years of fieldwork, but provides an insightful study across all disciplines. The book examines how Roma performance reproduces and reinforces Russian national and racial ideologies. Lemon illuminates the ways in ...more