October 16, 2014

My Go To Writers of Transylvania, Romania

When it comes to the go to author on Transylvania, Romania who do you try to refer to?

I have several authors to whom I refer to when I am writing about Transylvania, and I find the one who have published the most books are the ones I tend to have in my personal library.  It is not easy to find a lot of books on Transylvania that are not travel books or are a part of several large volumes of history on Europe or Hungary or Romania. There are also several fiction books I have which deal with Transylvania, or how the writer views Transylvania.

One of my most "dog eared" books is the The Rise and Fall of Saxon Transylvania by Catalin Gruia which is a small book detailing the life of the Transylvanian Saxons who lived there until the end of the Second World War, but after this time saw the majority of the Saxons flee for Germany, or to North America.

It is a good one to have on a shelf since it gives a general idea to a reader of Transylvania how people lived and how they either remained or left Transylvania.  It is written so a reader can understand the dynamics of the cultures who once lived in the area.  Gruia has written other books on the subject as well.

Another good book to have on the shelf is Transylvania which is more of a coffee book as opposed to a history book or a travel book, and Bronwen Riley has done a fantastic job of showing the land visually to as many readers as possible.  Riley is one of my "go-to" because I am a very visual person and I need to "see" it before I can understand it.  Transylvania is a bit of an older book but it is still an important part to my own information on the area.

One of the many books that can be found on Dracula, the one I have on my shelf (other than Bram Stoker's novel Dracula) is In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Radu Florescu.  This book gives me details about Dracula in general and also about the history behind the legend.

Florescu has written other books on Dracula, and Vlad Tepes, but this one is a good overview of the history which still keeps readers interested long after a book about vampires was written.




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