We continue our series of excerpts from Jaap Scholten’s Comrade Baron. A Journey through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy, recently released in English by Corvina Kiadó. Comrade Baron is Scholten’s first non-fiction work. It traces the lives of members of the Transylvanian aristocracy before and after March 1949, when the collectivisation of agriculture under the new communist regime included the expropriation and deportation of all large landowners.
Gernyeszeg, September 2009 On the edge of Gernyeszeg stands a low house with a sign outside that reads, in large red letters,COUNTESS FASTFOOD. There’s nothing very aristocratic about the greasy sausages[…]