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Zoli by Colum McCann
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Nov 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: german-related
Recommended for: anyone with an interest in Eastern Europe
Read from November 13 to 21, 2011 — I own a copy

I loved this book. I started reading it on the airplane journey home from Vienna after a long weekend (and a previous novel by Josef Roth) immersed in the Hapsburg empire. It felt very appropriate. The book creates a rich atmosphere of the nomadic lifestyle of gypsies during and after World War II in the areas of what once was the Austro-Hungarian empire. The book also takes place in part during the transition years of communism in what is today Slovakia. I learned much about the Romani lifestyle and their "old world" mores. The book makes me want to go out and find a nonfiction book about the Romani people, just so that I can have more of the blanks filled in. The language flowed. The images sparkled. The world described in the book felt very real to me. This is the second book I have read by Colum McCann. I definitely want to read more of his work. He's a great writer.
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