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

By Guido Snel

This outstanding quantity explores the fashionable melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the eu continent and the human outcomes of the swiftly transferring borders within the new period of the eu Union. Twenty members, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in long island, relate their attention-grabbing existence stories that span nations and continents and the a number of identities that they have got cultivated in the course of their lifestyles trips. adjust Ego is a compelling quantity that probes deeply into the trendy ecu event 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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I don’t know. I know it is the city of loneliness, stagnation, and decay. I know that it is more a city of autumn (all this smell of feuilles mortes) than the city of spring. But it is true that it also has its comforting side. A kind of wind of eternity, which is pushing the clouds over the river. When it touched me, it always made me feel sad, but strangely free. Are you nostalgic about Paris? Not really. If I am nostalgic, it is about the person I was ten years ago. 38 A pathetic young man, going to gay bars in the Marais, with a reawakened hope every night… Yes, it took a time before I really understood that love is also a good of consumption.

What is, then, this miserable little difference? Does it matter? It does. Unlike Central Europe, Slovenia was not liberated by the Russian Red Army. It had its own guerrilla forces that managed to maintain a considerable degree of autonomy in the realm of Marshal Tito’s partisan troupes. Slovenian anti-fascist partisans for several years preferred to carry a Slovenian flag on their hats, rather than the communist red star. Confess I will: I drag my kids to the Museum of Contemporary History (formerly the Museum of Revolution) to see these hats.

But what is not on the inside is the historically much closer arena of totalitarian communist rule. That is, fragments indeed, and indeed of an empire, but different – the Western ones of the Russian/Soviet empire, in its broadest understanding (not only within the borders of the former USSR, but in all of its limitations, the outer ones included, with all of its colonies, dominions, protectorates, and satellites). Here Austria is basically absent (thus the Habsburg understanding of East Central Europe falls away completely), but the former GDR is present, and not only in connection with the 1953 workers’ uprising.

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