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By Guido Snel

This awesome quantity explores the fashionable melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the ecu continent and the human results 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 long island, relate their attention-grabbing lifestyles reviews 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 ecu adventure and permits a bunch of voices to percentage the fun, demanding situations, and frustrations of dwelling throughout a number of cultures.

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History is nothing but a means to realise your specific fate. I was born in 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Last night on the Arte channel I saw a 39 Russian writer who said that the Soviet Union ended in 1962. She said that the time after 1962 was already post-Soviet, post-two-bloc time. The world after the end of the world that didn’t happen. Or was postponed. I agree with her very much. Because it fits so well into your biography and gives it some sense? That doesn’t matter. And I would add: instead of the end of the world via some atomic war, we got globalisation.

And then Trieste itself comes into view, the city where steamships once blew their horns for the girls on the shore, so lovingly described by the Triestine Slovene novelist Boris Pahor. Just before I lose my patience over the lack of a parking, I recall the gently nostalgic chiusa tristezza sung by the Triestine Italian poet, Umberto Saba, in his poem ‘Tre vie’. Around the old Slovenian Harbor Workers House, I eavesdrop in my mind on the provocative debates among Triestine Slovene social democrats who, in the years before World War I, unsuccessfully argued for the establishment of the first-ever Slovene university in this cosmopolitan port rather than in provincial, land-locked Ljubljana.

Today, history just passes us by again, and yet also drags the people along with it somewhere. 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.

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