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Dancing Bears

True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life under Tyranny

by Witold Szablowski Author · Antonia Lloyd-Jones Translator


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For hundreds of years, Bulgarian Gypsies trained bears to dance, welcoming them into their families and taking them on the road to perform. In the early 2000s, with the fall of Communism, they were forced to release the bears into a wildlife refuge. But even today, whenever the bears see a human, they still get up on their hind legs to dance.

In the tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski, award-winning Polish journalist, Witold Szablowski uncovers remarkable stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and in Cuba who, like Bulgaria's dancing bears, are now free but who seem nostalgic for the time when they were not. His on-the-ground accounts provide a fascinating portrait of social and economic upheaval and a lesson in the challenges of freedom and the seductions of authoritarian rule.

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Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translator)

Antonia Lloyd-Jones is a prize-winning literary translator, working from Polish to English.

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Witold Szablowski (Author)

Witold Szablowski is an award-winning Polish journalist. His reportage on the problem of illegal immigrants flocking to the EU won the European Parliament Journalism Award, and his book about Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City, won the Beata P...

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Translator :
Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Narrator :
Stefan Rudnicki
Director :
Claire Bloom
Author :
Witold Szablowski
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