A Journey to the Edge of Europe

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"Kapka Kassabova returns to Bulgaria, from where she emigrated as a girl twenty-five years previously, to explore the border it shares with Turkey and Greece. When she was a child, the border zone was rumored to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall, and it swarmed with soldiers and spies. On holidays in the "Red Riviera" on the Black Sea, she remembers playing on the beach only miles from a bristling electrified fence whose barbs pointed inward toward the enemy: the citizens of the totalitarian regime. Kassabova discovers a place that has been shaped by successive forces of history: the Soviet and Ottoman empires, and, older still, myth and legend. Her exquisite portraits of fire walkers, smugglers, treasure hunters, botanists, and border guards populate the book. There are also the ragged men and women who have walked across Turkey from Syria and Iraq. But there seem to be nonhuman forces at work here too: This densely forested landscape is rich with curative springs and Thracian tombs, and the tug of the ancient world, of circular time and animism, is never far off. Kapka Kassabova is the author of three poetry collections, the novel Villa Pacifica, and the memoirs Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria, and Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story. She lives in Scotland."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Graywolf Press,, 2017
ISBN: 9781555977863
Characteristics: xviii, 379 pages :,map ;,21 cm


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Sep 26, 2018

A well-written and interesting book that is part travelogue, part history, part ethnography.

Jul 30, 2018

Very diverse range of stories, punctuated with historic background/facts/information- very interesting, moving and informative. Highly recommended!

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