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Dancing Bears by Witold Szablowski

Title Dancing Bears
Author Witold Szablowski
Publisher Penguin
Release 2018-03-06
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1101993383
Language English, Spanish, and French
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*As heard on NPR’s All Things Considered* “Utterly original.” —The New York Times Book Review “Mixing bold journalism with bolder allegories, Mr. Szabłowski teaches us with witty persistence that we must desire freedom rather than simply expect it.” —Timothy Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom An incisive, humorous, and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives, by the acclaimed author of How to Feed a Dictator 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 Kapuściński, award-winning Polish journalist Witold Szabłowski 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 reporting—of smuggling a car into Ukraine, hitchhiking through Kosovo as it declares independence, arguing with Stalin-adoring tour guides at the Stalin Museum, sleeping in London’s Victoria Station alongside a homeless woman from Poland, and giving taxi rides to Cubans fearing for the life of Fidel Castro—provides a fascinating portrait of social and economic upheaval and a lesson in the challenges of freedom and the seductions of authoritarian rule. From the Introduction: “Guys with wacky hair who promise a great deal have been springing up in our part of the world like mushrooms after rain. And people go running after them, like bears after their keepers. . . . Fear of a changing world, and longing for someone . . . who will promise that life will be the same as it was in the past, are not confined to Regime-Change Land. In half the West, empty promises are made, wrapped in shiny paper like candy. And for this candy, people are happy to get up on their hind legs and dance.”

Dancing Bears by Witold Szabłowski

Title Dancing Bears
Author Witold Szabłowski
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2018-02-26
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1925626407
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'One of the truest and most beautiful things I've read.’ Tim Flannery I used to bottle-feed my father’s two bears. When my son was born, they were kept together. There were plenty of times when I got it wrong—the baby drank from the bear’s bottle, and the bear from his. So when they fired me from the collective farm, I knew one thing: if I wanted to go on living, I had to find a bear. A brilliant, funny and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries who are nostalgic for how they used to live. 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, after 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 Kapuściński, award-winning Polish journalist Witold Szablowski tells remarkable stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and in Cuba who, like Bulgaria’s dancing bears, are now free but long for when they were not. He describes hitchhiking through Kosovo as it declares independence, arguing with the guides at the Stalin Museum, and sleeping in London’s Victoria Station alongside a homeless Polish woman. Dancing Bears is a fascinating portrait of social and economic upheaval, and a lesson in the challenges of freedom and the seductions of authoritarian rule. Witold Szablowski is an award-winning Polish journalist. His 2013 book about Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City, won the Beata Pawlak Award and an English PEN award, and was nominated for the Nike Award, Poland’s most prestigious book prize. Antonia Lloyd-Jones is a leading translator from Polish, and has twice won the Found in Translation Award. She is a mentor for the UK’s Emerging Translators’ Mentorship Programme, and a former co-chair of the Translators Association. ‘Heartrending...A sharply drawn account of people in “newly free societies” who long for life to be the same as it was in the unfree past...Connected by the allegory of performing bears, Szabłowski’s melancholy personality studies underscore freedom’s challenges and the seductions of authoritarian rule.’ Publishers Weekly ‘Elegantly pulling together the varied threads, Szabłowski combines personal histories, letting his interviewee do the talking, with a unique storytelling device. As a result, Dancing Bears is both a compelling social history and a stunning example of literary journalism.’ AU Review ‘Polish journalist Witold Szabłowski uncovers life after communism with a curious, humorous and, at times, tender account of regular folk struggling to come to terms with the new world.’ Adelaide Review ‘Witold Szabłowski is a born storyteller. His reports from the post-Communist world read like fairy-tales with the stench of reality. Absurd, darkly funny, compassionate, his book is a literary jewel.’Ian Buruma ‘Mixing bold journalism with bolder allegories, Mr Szablowski teaches us with witty persistence that we must desire freedom rather than simply expect it.’Timothy Snyder ‘Utterly original...Provokes a far-reaching and unresolved conversation about what freedom might really mean.’ New York Times Book Review ‘Fascinating.’ Otago Daily Times ‘A compelling and nuanced portrait of the push between the freedoms of modernity and nostalgia for the old communist system...[Szablowski ] displays the qualities of a top-notch reporter: an eye for telling detail and – inherent sympathy for his subject.’ Australian ‘Riveting.’ Overland

Title The Drizzle That Rained Like Dancing Bears
Author Andy Mor
Publisher Lulu Press, Inc
Release 2016-11-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages
ISBN 1365523497
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Drizzle that Rained like Dancing Bears A Short Story by Random Writer Ocean Barker looked at the tiny book in her hands and felt jumpy. She walked over to the window and reflected on her industrial surroundings. She had always loved grey Paris with its soft, solid swamps. It was a place that encouraged her tendency to feel jumpy. Then she saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure of Pete Superhalk. Pete was a clever teacher with beautiful spots and ruddy fingers.

Dancing Bears by Fred Saberhagen

Title Dancing Bears
Author Fred Saberhagen
Publisher Tom Doherty Assoc Llc
Release 1997-01-31
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780812550047
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On the brink of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, an American hunter is chased across Russia by a nobleman with the preternatural ability to turn into a bear--a metaphor of Russia's own transformation. Reprint.

The Deliverance of Dancing Bears by Elizabeth Stanley

Title The Deliverance of Dancing Bears
Author Elizabeth Stanley
Publisher Kane Miller Book Pub
Release 2003
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 40
ISBN 9781929132416
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A bear dreams of being free from his owner who forces him to dance for the townspeople, until one day when an old peasant man decides to take the bear home.

A Dancing Bear by David Free

Title A Dancing Bear
Author David Free
Publisher Lulu.com
Release 2007-06-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 328
ISBN 1430320540
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What if getting the girl meant becoming a terrorist wet boy? On an unnamed university campus late in the 20th century, a young man named Fenton Bland joins a society of student Maoists in order to get near the girl he loves. But the girl turns out to belong to the chief Maoist - and HE turns out to harbor alarming aspirations in the field of revolutionary terror. And so Fenton, wearing a forcibly grown beard, finds himself propelled into a bizarre covert world of death lists, backyard bomb labs, untraceable handguns, and attempted wet jobs of wildly varying quality - a world in which he must choose between losing the girl forever or else participating, perhaps very soon, in a successful terrorist atrocity ...

Last Dance by Alan Knight

Title Last Dance
Author Alan Knight
Publisher
Release 2016-10
Category
Total Pages 144
ISBN 9781782817000
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Dancing Bear by Peter Dickinson

Title The Dancing Bear
Author Peter Dickinson
Publisher Yearling Books
Release 1988
Category Bears
Total Pages 253
ISBN 9780440400332
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Following a raid by the Huns, the slave Silvester, his dancing bear, Bubba, and Holy John attempt to find Lady Ariadne.

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk

Title Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
Author Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
Publisher Atheneum
Release 1991
Category Bears
Total Pages 32
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Boris receives dancing lessons from his friend Max, a dancing bear with the Moscow Circus.

Dancing Bears by Hilary Burkard

Title Dancing Bears
Author Hilary Burkard
Publisher
Release 2014
Category
Total Pages
ISBN 9781905174355
Language English, Spanish, and French
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