By Guido Snel

This striking quantity explores the trendy melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the ecu continent and the human effects of the swiftly transferring borders within the new period of the ecu Union. Twenty participants, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in ny, relate their interesting existence studies that span international locations and continents and the a number of identities that they have got cultivated in the course of their existence trips. adjust Ego is a compelling quantity that probes deeply into the fashionable eu event and permits a bunch of voices to proportion the thrill, demanding situations, and frustrations of dwelling throughout a number of cultures.

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Without visible borders we are lost, we stumble, and we quickly create new ones, invisible ones. So if you ask me, I’d rather have a visible border, the one which clearly tells me what its purpose is, than an invisible one, the one you are not aware of at all, because it can hurt you as much, or even more, than a visible one’. ‘Do you mean that we should, in fact, strengthen our borders and make them more difficult to cross’? ‘I do not know what to do myself, so how can I tell you what you should do,’ he said in a soft voice.

I looked at him, and I could sense that he did not believe me. ‘No,’ he said as if he were a mind reader, ‘it’s not that I don’t believe you. I simply do not believe in the idea that money is the cure for everything. You 50 know, I belong to the generation of people who trusted the Beatles when they sang that “money can’t buy love”’. ‘All right,’ I said, ‘I agree with you that we should be cautious with the economic aspect of unification, but that’s not the only thing. Wouldn’t you agree that the Europe without borders is a beautiful dream come true’?

I was born into a phantom state. It didn’t really exist anymore, and you could feel it. Everything in that Soviet Union of the ’70s, and especially of the ’80s, was so unreal. I longed so much for reality, and thought naively that that reality could be found on the other side. But if one side of two disappears, everything becomes one side. So there was no place for reality any more. I mean, it was like a contamination. It was like the ultimate revenge of the ‘East,’ of the losers – to contaminate the West, the winners, with its unreality.

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