Book Review István Pogány, The Roma Café. Human Rights and the Plight of the Romani People, Pluto Press, London 2004. ISBN 0 745320511, viii and 198 pages; index; price 13.99 GBP In recent years the plight of the Roma has received a considerable amount of atten- tion both in the publications of various disciplines and in the reports produced by international organisations and actors, such as the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). In view of this attention, one may wonder whether a monograph such as The Roma Café is capable of adding anything new. The book concentrates on the situation of the Roma in Central and Eastern European (CEE) states, particularly Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. As may be inferred from the introduction, Pogány pursues at least three aims with the book. The principal aim is to provide an overview of the formidable difficulties confronting the Roma of Central and Eastern Europe in recent years and to convey some sense of how they understand their lives and problems. The second aim is to disclose the cultural and social
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