Alter Ego: Twenty Confronting Views on the European by Guido Snel

By Guido Snel

This outstanding quantity explores the trendy melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the eu continent and the human outcomes of the speedily transferring borders within the new period of the ecu Union. Twenty individuals, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in long island, relate their interesting existence reports that span international locations and continents and the a number of identities that they've cultivated in the course of their lifestyles trips. adjust Ego is a compelling quantity that probes deeply into the fashionable ecu adventure and permits a bunch of voices to percentage the thrill, demanding situations, and frustrations of dwelling throughout a number of cultures.

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The Barbarians are at our gates, and we know – we, the Former First plus the Former Second World – that we are losing. We are becoming more and more illusory, and they are becoming more and more real. 40 Isn’t this apocalyptic vision just a projection of your own loneliness and lovelessness? And of yours, my friend. We are alone together. 41 Me, the Mirror, and I by Yuri Andrukhovych (translated by Vitaly Chernetsky) . . I didn’t take part in this division of the world. But you know, the world must somehow be divided – possibly for the very reason that we love it in its diversity.

To the Supermarket! They’re dragged along to the supermarket where they are happy! 33 To which, as a critical intellectual, you of course condescend? Like with those tourists. Yes, I condescend, but it is even worse. Sometimes; in one of those supermarkets, I also freak out and go shopping and what’s more, I’m also sometimes a very active tourist! Even when I already so despise travelling! I’m always travelling with those books. You said it! Then you go to a reading. That is pretty normal for a writer.

You’re right. But what about Prague? It always carried the hallmark of the central mystical city. Yeah, yeah. Magical Prague: The city of Golem and Franz Kafka, a city where the decadents – that mix of Germans, Slavs, and Jews – scattered their dark spiritual fruits? That is still a nice ‘Trade Mark’ for a certain element among European and American Intellectuals, as if the Jews hadn’t been wiped out, the Germans driven off and the Czechs Sovietised, and I can laugh at that, but also marvel: thanks to the decades of communist supervision, we can always discover cultural treasures… It is true that perhaps everywhere in Central Europe you can successfully study cultural anthropology and archaeology.

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