Nick Thorpe is the Central Europe Correspondent for BBC News and the author of The Danube, A Journey Upriver and ’89: The Unfinished Revolution. (November 2016)

IN THE REVIEW

On Today’s Refugee Road

Syrian refugees resting at an aid center on the Serbian side of the border before attempting to cross into Hungary, August 2015
Srjdan, our Serbian innkeeper, is a perfect host. Knowing that we are bound to lose ourselves in the streets of Sombor, a Serbian town near the Hungarian border where the night before we had checked into his bed and breakfast with its opulent furnishings and paintings of lush Italianate beauties, …