This is an international anthology of English translations of Roma poetry and prose. The writings in this text reflect the 30 contributors shared experiences of prejudice, discrimination and persecution, as well as joy in nature and life. The lives of the contributors are told in brief biographical notes reflecting the many roads followed by the Roma in coming to terms with modern society. In his introduction, Ian Hancock describes the linguistic diversity and culture of the Roma which has helped them preserve their identity over the centuries since they left their original home in India and migrated westward to Europe, the Americas and Australasia.
"Roads of the Roma", Leksa Manush (Latvia); chronology; "The Price of Liberty" (prose extract), Mateo Maximoff (France); "Tramps", Dezider Banga (Slovak Republic); "Without House or Grave", Rajko Djuric (former Yugoslavia/Germany); "Allegory", Sterna Weltz-Zigler (France); "The Long Road", Saban Iliaz; "If I Say Love I Give a Name", Jose Heredia Maya (Spain); "Son of the Wind", Alexian Santino Spinelli (Italy); "Gypsy Soul", Nadia Hava-Robbins (Czechoslovakia/USA); extracts from untitled verse, Papusza (Poland); "Son of the Invisible People", Alexian Santino Spinelli (Italy); "The Gypsy from India", Nicholas Jimenes Gonzalez (Spain); "As the Pelicans", Osztojkan Bela (Hungary); "Ode to the 20th century", Leksa Manush (Latvia); "Django", Sandra Jayat (France); extracts from - "A Red Foundling Strolls Into This Dream", Mariella Mehr (Switzerland); "Justice", Alexian Santino Spinelli (Italy); "Give Me a String to Play On", Djura Makhotin (Russia); "Ars Poetica", Andro Loleshyte (former USSR); "Minarets of Grass", Dezider Banga (Slovak Republic); "Seeing if There's Something That Makes Me Good For Nothing", Jose Heredia Maya (Spain); "I'll Sell You My Tears", Maya Maximoff (France); "I Was Born in Black Suffering", Saban Iliaz (Skopje); "I Remember a Child", Paula Shops (Italy); "Only Ashes Remain", Bairam Haliti (Croatia); "The Apparition of Choxani", Luminita Mihai Cioaba (Romania); "The Terror Years", Rajko Djuric (former Yugoslavia/Germany); "A Wedding in Auschwitz", Rajko Djuric (former Yugoslavia/Germany); "The Wooden Rose", Hester Hedges (England); "Up the Chimneys", Charlie Smith (England); "White Snows Fall on Belarus", Valdemar Kalinin (Belarus); "New Rom", Jimmy Story (Australia); "I am the Common Rom", Geoffrey Dufunia Kwiek (Poland/USA); "The Bosnian Tragedy", Gjunler Abdula (Skopje); "The Raid", Alexian Santino Spinelli (Italy); "Inside Me the Wind Howls", Margita Reisnerova (Slovak Republic/Belgium); "The Stone", Chrissie Ward (Ireland); "From Prayer of an Impious Father and Gypsy Mother", Rajko Djuric (former Yugoslavia/Germany); "My Father, God Be Good To Him" (prose extract), Chrissie Ward (Ireland); "You Smug Bastard", Ian Hancock (England/US); "Green, Yellow, Blue, Red Are the Colours of My People", Nadia Hava-Robbins (Czechoslovakia/USA); "We Did Not Break Our Century-Old Drums", Alija Krasnici (former Yugoslavia); biographies.