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Original Language: Dutch | 256 pp. | October 2012

2 Seas Represents: World Translation Rights.

Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from the Dutch can be funded by the Dutch Foundation for literature.

ESSAY – NARRATIVE NON-FICTION

The Sinti and Roma minorities are among the oldest in Europe, with a long history of exclusion and persecution. How come that this group, which is often referred to as gypsies, still causes so much controversy in our society?

In Roma Kemal Rijken gives us a unique glimpse into the history of the gypsies. From the moment the first gypsy wagons entered The Netherlands and Europe to the human trafficking and the cases of insurance fraud in which Roma King ‘Koko’ Petalo was involved in the 1970s. His son Rocca Petalo and Sinti activist Lalla Weiss have also been interviewed. How do they see the future of the group?

Rijken was the first Dutch journalist to gain confidence of almost everyone involved.