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From coppersmith to nurse: Alyosha, the son of a Gypsy chief

Lundgren, Gunilla and Alyosha Taikon, edited and translated by Donald Kenrick, illustrated by Amanda Erickson

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ISBN 10: 1902806220 / ISBN 13: 9781902806228
Editorial: Centre de Recherchesd Tsiganes, University of Hertfordshire Press, Hertfordshire, 2003
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xv, 144p., introduction, preface, five tales by Johan Taikon, the author's father, glossary to Romani, text in English and Romani on facing pages, illustrated with drawings by Erickson and b&w photos, many vintage of Gypsy life, previous owner's small plain bookplate otherwise a very good first English-language edition trade paperback in white pictorial wraps. Collection Interface Series. Autobiography of Swedish Gypsy coppersmith who became a male nurse which led to his being rejected by his community. The label is Bruce Rodger's, the linguist and author of "The Queen's Vernacular". N° de ref. de la librería 186255

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Título: From coppersmith to nurse: Alyosha, the son ...

Editorial: Centre de Recherchesd Tsiganes, University of Hertfordshire Press, Hertfordshire

Año de publicación: 2003

Encuadernación: Paperback

Edición: 1st Edition

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The life of Alyosha Taikon, the Swedish born son of a coppersmith, a member of the Kalderash clan of Romanies from Hungary. After working as a coppersmith and in the family circus he trained to be a male nurse, a decision which led to his rejection by the Gypsy community. His simply written story as told to Gunilla Lundgren has now been translated into English with the Romani (in the Kalderash dialect) version on facing pages and is extensively illustrated with photographs and humorous drawings and accompanied by footnotes for those using it as an aid to learning Romani. The second part of this unusual book consists of English translations of some typical Romani stories first told by Alyosha's father, Johan, in Romani and recorded on tape in 1949 which have been adapted by Donald Kenrick from the English translations of Erik Ljungberg.

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Ayosha Taikon was born in a tent in Angermanland in the north of Sweden. "My date of birth is made up, but my Aunt Olga's husband said I was born on Midsummer Eve. Anyhow, it's more than 70 years ago." he says. Gunilla Lundgren explains "Alyosha can't read and write. We met every week for a year and sat together by the table in his tidy kitchen. He told his life story and I wrote it down. As written in the introduction he cooked great food and we drank whiskey with the food. Alyosha wept many tears but laughed also." Gunilla Lundgren was born on a smallholding near Bergslagen in Sweden in 1942. She wrote her first book Maritza en zigenarflicka ("Maritza, a Gypsy girl") in 1972 together with three teenage Roma girls, Nina Taikon, Gina and Zenia Tan Mercowic. Since then she has continued to write and also made radio programs, films and exhibitions with children in Sweden. Many of her books are bi- or multilingual and written in collaboration with children and adults who were not born in Sweden. I denna vida varld ("In this wide world"), 1999, contains poems, songs and games in sixty four languages, including Romani. More recently she has worked extensively in South Africa and written a book together with Kersin Gidfors about Nelson Mandela, illustrated with documentary photographs and drawings by South African children from, the village of Qunu, where Nelson Mandela grew up (Nelson Mandela, the shepherd boy who became President, 1999). She has written more than thirty books and has been

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