LOSING SLEEP IN ROMANIA by ProQuest

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Beyond my sixth floor balcony in the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca, just past eight o'clock in the morning, bulldozers and backhoes begin crushing stone, gouging the banks of the Somes river and beyond, and construction crews are staggered across the scaffolding of a large apartment complex, hammering together steel beams. Volunteers today, if they wish, can reproduce a life not unlike the one we have back home, skirting the village markets for foreign-owned 'hypermarkets' to purchase almost any American product, listening to live streaming American radio or even linking to American television from their apartments, all things that were not available to me only five years ago.

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