Street Without a Name by Kapka Kassabova
Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

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After years on the outside, Bulgaria has finally made it into the EU club, but beyond the clichés about undrinkable plonk, cheap property, and assassins with poison-tipped umbrellas, the country remains a largely unknown quantity. Born on the muddy outskirts of Sofia, Kapka Kassabova grew up under Communism, got away just as soon as she could, and has loved and hated her homeland in equal measure ever since. In this illuminating and entertaining memoir, Kapka revisits Bulgaria and her own muddled relationship to it, travelling back to the scenes of her childhood, sampling its bizarre tourist sites, uncovering its centuries' old history of bloodshed and blurred borders, and capturing the absurdities and idiosyncrasies of her own and her country's past.

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Kapka Kassabova was born in Bulgaria in 1973 and learned to speak English at the age of sixteen when her parents emigrated to New Zealand. She spent time in Buenos Aires, Marseille and Berlin, before settling in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the author of two novels, four poetry collections, and a couple of travel guides.
Published May 23, 2012 by NZ ePenguin. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, History. Non-fiction

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(Try it now with a friend.) All I knew before I read this book was that its name, according to folk etymology, has supplied us with a word too indelicate to reproduce in a family newspaper, its capital was Sofia, and that its standard of living, under communism, was worse than Poland's, if not as...

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