William Blacker

Shambling Through the Balkans

On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe

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While reading On the Road to Babadag I gradually came to realise that I had a fair amount in common with Andrzej Stasiuk. Apart from anything else we are among the few people to have visited the curious town of Soroca in the ‘lawless’ Republic of Moldova and to have met Artur, the eccentric Gypsy Baron of long, forked white beard, and black Volga limousine in his front garden, its windscreen riddled with bullet holes. 

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