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Monthly Archive for January, 2010

Wanderers of the World

Serge, the author of the ‘Great History of the Bohemiens’, writes very poetically of the ‘wanderers of the world.’ He observes that all over the world, there are ’swarms’ of nomads–famine, epidemics, revolutions, and natural catastrophes are just some of the reasons that have provoked the mass exodus of millions [...]

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When the Gypsies first entered Western Europe, they came out of Bohemia. They were a rag-tag, mysterious and spiritual procession as they rode into France, and writers such as Francois Villon and Baudelaire, romanticized these ‘children of nature’ and called them a ‘prophetic tribe.’ Since it was thought that they [...]

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I am immersed in a big project. I found a book in August of last year at an antique bookseller’s stall in France titled ‘The Great History of the Gypsies’ (my translation of ‘La Grande Histoire des Bohemiens’)–the only catch is that this book is written in French. I speak passable French, but reading a [...]

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Through the Red Tambourine, I have connected with a man who was born and raised in Telluride. Although he no longer lives there, he has many fond memories of having been raised in the mining community, with the hard-working and good moral values of the Finnish miners. He speaks of his Finnish grandfather as the [...]

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