Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life under Tyranny by Witold Szablowski,
“Utterly original.” - The New York Times Book Review
An award-winning journalist’s incisive, humorous, and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives.
Polish journalist Witold Szabłowski uncovers remarkable stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and in Cuba who 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.
“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 .