Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Read Online Free - “Remarkable: a book about borders that makes the reader feel sumptuously free.” —Peter Pomerantsev

In this extraordinary work of narrative reportage, 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.

Border is a scintillating, immersive travel narrative that is also a shadow history of the Cold War, a sideways look at the migration crisis troubling Europe, and a deep, witchy descent into interior and exterior geographies.

Title : Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe
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ISBN : 1555977863
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Kaloyana rated it ★★★★☆

May 26, 2017

Тази книга за мен беше излизане от литературната ми зона на комфорт. Не съм човек, който си пада по историческите факти и не обичам да чета много за история. Проблемът ми е, че не помня дати, години и имена. Но тази книга много ми хареса. Да, има исторически препратки, легенди и случки, но това н...

Mary rated it ★★★★★

November 21, 2017

Fantastic! Kassabova’s writing is personal, haunting, and intriguing; she weaves history, legend, politics, war, family, and the day-to-day of the people in the dense and mountainous Bulgarian-Turkish-Greek border zone that was once forbidden territory. Here empires rose and fell, borders shifted...

Bettie☯ rated it ★★★☆☆

March 11, 2017

BOTW Description: When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall, so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. On holidays close to the...

Yovko rated it ★★★★★

September 06, 2017

С Капка Касабова се оказваме връстници. По-голяма е от мен с едва няколко месеца. Съзнавам това, докато прелиствам първите страници на „Граница“ и откривам съпадения във времето и гледните точки към събитията от сходен с моя възрастов ракурс. Не вярвам обаче, че тази книга ме докосна толкова дълб...

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2017

Kassabova offers a well-balanced menu of travel, history, autobiography, politics, and reflections, mostly conveyed through stories and conversations. She weaves back and forth in time, describing both peoples who have lived in one place for centuries and those who have been uprooted repeatedly,...

Angelina rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2017

Хванала съм се, че за да обява една книга за добра, тя трябва д отговаря на минимум две условия: да звучи адекватно в превод и да ме кара да търся още по темата. Много произведения падат жертва още на първата ми претенция (претенция си е, ама си е моя, какво...) , но съгласете се, че ако трябва д...

Antonia rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2017

"Носеха вълнени елеци, шалвари и гумени галоши. Усещах го като присъствие: духът на Балканите беше тук, в тази потънала в зеленина градина. Истинският дух на Балканите, оцелял след всички прекъсвания, преселвания, политики и предразсъдъци. Нашите горчиви, вечно разрязани от граници Балкани, и въп...

Joanie rated it ★★★★☆

October 25, 2017

'My generation in Eastern Europe came of age just as the Berlin Wall came down. This border shadowed my Bulgarian childhood during the last era of 'Socialism with a human face,' as the unfortunate slogan had it. So it was natural that a journey along the boundary quickly became fairly involving f...

Chris rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2017

I am so thankful that My Book Box had this book for a selection. This is quite honesty of the best books I have read all year. I want to read Kassabova’s poetry. I am so happy that I read this. And without My Book Box, I very much doubt that I would have read this. Border is part travel memoir, p...

Nevena rated it ★★★★★

March 07, 2017

This book is a masterpiece. A must-read for everyone who wants to know the real Balkans and its people. A must- read for all of us who were born there. Kapka Kassabova's writing is beautiful, insightful, relatable and sincere and it beautifully conveys the stories of the people from the border an...

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