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By Guido Snel

This outstanding quantity explores the trendy melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the ecu continent and the human outcomes of the quickly transferring borders within the new period of the ecu Union. Twenty individuals, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in manhattan, relate their interesting lifestyles studies that span nations and continents and the a number of identities that they've cultivated in the course of their existence trips. modify Ego is a compelling quantity that probes deeply into the trendy ecu event and permits a bunch of voices to proportion the fun, demanding situations, and frustrations of residing throughout a number of cultures.

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Or to make your pilgrimage to India, to kiss the hand of some Rinpoche. But before you start, maybe we can do this interview. You can include it as part of your penance: you can add the sin of vanity. And the sin of using bad English in the vain hope of promoting yourself. ’ First, English is very good for both lying and sincerity. It is like being abroad. Second, are you hinting that you are worth more than threehundred Euros? No. But tell me, who really reads these EU grant project anthologies, where Eastern and Central European writers explain their politico-psycho-geographical doubts?

I stood there looking at that map and thinking that I’ve spent a large part of my life living in an illusion, that despite all my efforts to avoid any virus of ideological thinking, I was in fact a part of that ideology, and that I saw the world the way the guardians of ideology wanted me to see it. I was devastated by that 49 insight, and I still am, because I cannot be sure that I am free of other viruses. There might be others inside me, affecting my thinking and the way I perceive reality around me’.

Your vision, you must agree, is almost entirely projected into the past. Perhaps not into a very distant one, not into an ‘Austro-Hungarian’ one, but into the past nonetheless. What about the present, what about the future? Indeed, what comes next? The crucial question for a forty-year-old. Since this ‘near past’ is first and foremost the experience of forty-year-olds. My Europe is the land somewhere between Estonia and Albania where people in their forties back in those days had to study Lenin’s biography in middle school and dialectical materialism at the university, went to absurd excursions to Moscow, Leningrad, and Volgograd, bringing jeans and chewing gum to sell, and bringing back alcohol, TV sets and jewellery.

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