Life Without a Country. Voices from the Cold War
Author: Carmen Bugan
A memoir of two journeys: the first, a journey of a family from Romania seeking political asylum in the US, and the story of the community that sponsored them and the country that welcomed them. The second journey is a trip back to Romania in 2013 following the maps of the secret police and the maps of memory, when Carmen took her family on a 2,166 km car journey with her father as their guide, and the family visited the prisons where he had been tortured during the communist repression. They also re-traced his journey as a fugitive from Romania all the way to the border between Bulgaria and Turkey. With a poetic prose and a lot of heart, Life Without a Country is a memoir for the age of the refugee.