Reviews

Reviews of The Roma Cafe:

Luke Clements, Cardiff Law School, Journal of Social Policy Vol. 34 (2005: 1), pp. 161-62:
The individual stories are fascinating. They highlight the complexity of the lives either blighted by acute poverty or lived from the perspective of the possibility of poverty....

This is an important and readable book. The style, of using individual Roma commentators, is successful in conveying the ambiguity - the bleakness and at times the squalor - of the Roma existence.His commentaries deal directly with the prevalence of domestic violence, abduction and male exploitation of Roma women, as well as seeking to dispel myths concerning musical traditions, pollution practices, funeral rights and so on....

Today - more than at any time in their history - there are very many remarkable Roma activists, remarkable NGOs and remarkable commentators challenging the extreme social exclusion and discrimination experienced by Roma. Istvan Pogany is one such commentator and his book deserves a wide readership.