Many years ago I lived in Romania for 16 months as a young American volunteer. It was in the mid-nineties; communism (as it only shortly before existed in Romania) was a thing of the past, but its shadows still loomed large. Huge, half-built ‘hunger domes’ — that had been intended as neighborhood mess halls — … More Book Review: I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
While study of the 1956 Uprising is particularly intriguing to those interested in European history and politics, the casual reader–or museum visitor–or film viewer–can also benefit from a better understanding of what happened. … More Hungary for Freedom
The lost Kingdom of Ruthenia is undergoing a rebirth and is attracting renewed interest from adventurous travelers. You may be a history buff, or a vagabond tourist, but could you find Ruthenia on a map? … More Where on Earth is Ruthenia?
This week we are highlighting the novel, From the Rooftops by V M Karren, which is set mainly in the eastern European country of Romania. We thought you might enjoy taking a brief glimpse at what everyday life looks like in Romania as an introduction to the book. Although the book is set in the … More Everyday Life in Romania
For a Westerner, Romania is a fascinating place to travel, with fantastic skiing and hiking in the Transylvanian Alps, the richly ornate architecture of Bucharest and other cities, and the well-preserved peasant life in the rural villages. But beyond this, Romanian culture is rich with tradition, patriotism, and high artistic achievement. The struggle of the … More Author Interview: American Novelist Writes About Modern Romania
My dear readers, I am excited to present to you the book trailer for my new novel From the Rooftops, the long-awaited sequel to my award-winning historical thriller The Deceit of Riches! I will be releasing From the Rooftops on October 10th, 2019 via Amazon. Pre-orders will soon be available, so stay tuned. As subscribers, … More Book Trailer: From the Rooftops by V M Karren