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  • Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria | Kapka Kassabova

    Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kapka Kassabova
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
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    Kassabova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and grew up under the drab, muddy, gray mantle of one of communism’s most mindlessly authoritarian regimes. Escaping with her family as soon as possible after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, she lived in Britain, New Zealand, and Argentina, and several other places. But when Bulgaria was formally inducted to the European Union she decided it was time to return to the home she had spent most of her life trying to escape. What she found was a country languishing under the strain of transition. This two-part memoir of Kapka’s childhood and return explains life on the other side of the Iron Curtain.

    Delyan D. Kovachev says: "This book took me back in time"
  • Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe | Kapka Kassabova

    Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kapka Kassabova
    • Narrated By Corrie James
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    In this extraordinary work of narrative reportage, Kapka Kassabova returns to Bulgaria to explore the border it shares with Turkey and Greece. When she was a child, the border zone was rumored to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall, and it swarmed with soldiers and spies. On holidays in the "Red Riviera" on the Black Sea, she remembers playing on the beach only miles from a bristling electrified fence whose barbs pointed inward toward the enemy: the citizens of the totalitarian regime.

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