MINELRES: Fwd: New book on Rroma has been published in English

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Original sender: Roma Network <romale@zahav.net.il>

From:  Janette Gronfors <janettegronfors@hotmail.com>
Dear people, 
Just to inform you that a new book on Rroma has been published in
English. The book, called "The Rroma", is published by Schwabe Verlag
(Switzerland), and can be ordered on the internet via
Please, find enclosed a short description of the book and the authors.
Janette Gronfors
Lev Tcherenkov und Stephane Laederich
The Rroma 
2004. 2 Bande mit zusammen 1100 Seiten. 24 teilweise farbige Abbildungen
und Karten, 44 Tabellen. Englisch. Broschiert.
Fr. 98.- / EUR 68.50 
ISBN 3-7965-2090-1
The Rroma

Rroma are usually presented in a fragmentary and parcelled fashion,
after all one has Rroma, Sinti, and Cale and there are hundreds of
so-called groups. The social organisation of these groups, their
language, traditions - all are presented as being fundamentally
different. Thus, as a result, one gains the impression that the Rroma -
or Gypsies - are not at all one ethnocultural minority but a mosaic of
different ones.

The book's concept can be summarised as a presentation of a unified view
of the various Rroma groups, their history and culture. It regroups the
various groups into four broad metagroups, based mostly on their common
language and historical experience and we are underlining the common
points rather than presenting the differences and small local
variations. This overview in a single book of all the various Rroma
groups is a first in the literature.

The main tool - and in this, this book differs from all other written so
far - is the extensive use of Rromanes - the language of the Rroma - and
its various dialects as well as of other languages to analyse and
present a clear picture of the history of the Rroma from their Indian
origins to the current times. Whenever the lack of documents and written
traces about Rroma and their ancestors forces one in the realm of
conjectures, the book turns to Rromanes as a thread and as a hint as the
layered structure of this language, with various layers of new
acquisitions and lexems provides one with the perfect analysis tool.
Hence, the conclusions are sometimes different than the ones of other

The entire book, gives Rroma a voice and, the comments and information
from over hundred and fifty of them are included here. The book's aim is
to present a European minority and culture to both the general public
and specialists alike.

The Authors

Lev Tcherenkov, born 1936, is one of the best specialists in Rromanes,
and his over forty-five years of experience and life with Rroma gives
him both the overview and the experience needed for this book. He has
written several articles on Rroma, their language and traditions. He
speaks Rromanes - in all its variants - as well as Russian, Polish,
Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovakian, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian,
German, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Greek, and Turkish and
understands several other languages. He studied at Moscow University and
he currently works as a senior researcher in the Russian Russian
Research Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage «D.S.Likhatchev» in

Stephane Laederich, born 1961, has been working for the last ten years
with Rroma all over Eastern Europe on behalf of various nongovernmental
organisations and in search of Rroma musicians for productions in the
West. He speaks Rromanes, English, German, French, and Russian and
understands several other languages. He studied in Zurich and obtained
his Ph.D. in 1989 from Boston University, after which he taught at
various US and European universities. He is currently the executive
director of the Rroma Foundation in

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