"While only partially representing the Croatian way of life, which these days is increasingly urbanized and computerized, these personal (but never biased) essays fully encapsulate the country's essence. Fabijancic gets extra credit for not letting the much-written-about politics interfere and ruin the narrative's delicate flow." Mirela Roncevic, Library Journal
"...join Tony Fabijancic as he returns to his homeland in Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country, exploring the quiet hidden corners and the complex history of this beautiful place." Wanderlust
"The book gives a fascinating insight into not only the countryside, as you would expect from a book about travel, but also into the people and their attitudes on a whole range of subjects." M2 Best Books
Filled with the colours and 'feels' of Croatia, inhabited by faces commonly unseen, and accompanied by insightful reflections and comments, Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country is an informative and engaging book, and a highly gratifying guide into Croatia's 'back-roads', diverse natural beauties, and vanishing complex cultures. Gordana P. Crnkovic (University of Washington), Slavic & East European Journal, 48.2, Summer 2004
"Throughout his travels, he seeks answers to the question, 'what makes a Canadian-born son of immigrants look back across the ocean for a place to belong?' Black-and-white photos capture the traditional ways of the Croatians, as well as the beauty and grandeur of the country. In this inspiring book, Fabijancic has admirably met his objective of emphasizing facts of a different order: the evanescent moment on the road that captured the spirit of the old world still in evidence; the hidden or forgotten crevices; the personal instead of the public; and the present still permeated by a vital past. Norman P. Goldman, Canadian Book Review Annual, 2004
From the Back Cover
There is, in old Croatia, an undiscovered country that is passing away, a world of peasants, shepherds and fishermen irrevocably surrendering before the reality of a modern European state. When Tony Fabijancic travelled to Croatia he was returning to his own undiscovered country. With the tongue of a native but the eyes of an outsider, he journeyed the old country of his father. He sought out the hidden corners where he could hear the earthy stories of country people. With thoughtful portraits, he throws open a personal window into a labyrinthine world of character and identity. Outside a church in Pag, the author experienced a flash of eternity, an epiphany into his own mortality. Tapping into a new-found strength, he travelled the expanse of Croatia, conducting a personal investigation into its extraordinary regionality while commenting on the complex history of adeeply layered landscape. In fine style, he transports the reader to the Adriatic in the summer: the blast of heat, the smell of dust, the bountiful kitchen gardens, and the impromptu ritual of sljivovica at outdoor tables. Most of all, we are introduced to rural men and women who, along with their hospitality, openly share their views on their lot in the new Croatia. Written with sensitivity and balance, Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country is smart, literate, travel writing that takes us to the heart of a fascinating land.