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

By Guido Snel

This awesome quantity explores the fashionable melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the ecu continent and the human effects of the speedily moving borders within the new period of the ecu Union. Twenty members, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in manhattan, relate their interesting existence studies that span international locations and continents and the a number of identities that they've cultivated in the course of their lifestyles trips. adjust Ego is a compelling quantity that probes deeply into the trendy eu adventure 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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To find somebody, to have somebody in your life. And you have failed. Apparently. Perhaps that goal is all together too egotistical. I’m still thinking that Michel Houellebecq is right in the sense that individual happiness does not exist. The further we move toward individualisation (or privatisation) of everything, the more improbable happiness becomes for us. And then we begin seeking it even more desperately, and drift even further away from it. Happiness and ‘I’ don’t fit together. But still we cannot help ourselves; we cannot help but go further on this path that leads to nowhere.

And sometimes I go to Paris or New York, and it gets to me how unbelievable the changes are that I’ve lived through. Of course, I am accustomed and have adapted. But there are moments when I’m at some reading, I’ll run into, say, a Polish poet or a writer from the former GDR, and we crack up giggling like crazy people before we can say anything – that is how our amazement is translated for our Western colleagues. I’ll probably be part of the last generation that shares this collective experience of Eastern Europe.

But still I suppose they did not get lost anywhere: having broken through the boundaries of Russia’s direct Diktat, all these regimes remained under the strong influence of that Russian paradigm of authority, which was its flesh and blood, so to speak. From this it follows that my East Central Europe is the former ‘socialist camp,’ the Ostblock. Dragan Velikic´ has called it Europe B. This is the land where the overwhelming majority of the population found itself dissatisfied with and insulted by the results of the previous division of the world, the one that took place after World War II.

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