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Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
Snow Country
Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker
Proust's Way: A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time
Roger Shattuck
The Mind At Night: The New Science Of How And Why We Dream
Andrea Rock
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language (Advances in Semiotics)
Umberto Eco
Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima
Naoki Inose, Hiroaki Sato
The Inquisition of Climate Science
James L Powell
State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?
The Worldwatch Institute
Media Studies: Texts, Institutions and Audiences
Lisa Taylor;Andrew Willis
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova This novel would have done well to have the first half culled. Although the first half is pleasant enough as a travelogue, it soon began to feel tedious and I was pretty bored by the time the book began to pick up again.

The last third is the best part of the book, so do try and push through until you get there...

The reason I'm giving the book such a low score is because I'd expected a bit more solid history from it, taking in account the title and the premise of the book.

I found the few scraps and tidbits the author threw at us about Count Dracul/Vlad Tepes wholly unsatisfying - I'd learned nothing from this book on that account, that I didn't already know, sadly.

What is indeed nice abut the book, are the descriptions of Eastern Europe, if what you had wanted was a travel book.
But then the blurb is all wrong...