Andrea Diefenbach’s images from the rural regions of the Republic of Moldova take viewers on a journey through time to a place that has been in the throes of an identity crisis since it gained independence thirty years ago. This visual survey is her second book about a coun- try torn between the EU and Russia, between stagnation and progress, and between corrup- tion and the rule of law. Her calm, often whimsical photographs show great empathy for the country and its people’s way of living. The tranquility of the images mirrors the tempo of day-to-day Moldovan life, which oscillates between upheaval and stagnation. Realitatea not only gathers photographic vignettes from a country in a state of limbo, but also contextualizes them within the political events of the past ten years through facsimiles of Moldovan newspapers and analytical texts.