Unsettling Europe

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Unsettling Europe

By Jane Kramer
Random House, 1980
320 pp. $9.95
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According to the colon woman, newly fled from Algeria: "You take a sapling and replant it, and it thrives. But an old tree like me, a tree with roots-out of its own soil that tree will die." These four portraits evoke the lives of migrant workers, refugees, all sorts of forced wanderers in Europe: exemplars, finely studied and recorded, of transplants who neither thrive nor perish. A splendid collection, the product of a fine eye and ear and of an energetic style that but occasionally strays to the artful. Easy to read and difficult to forget.