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

By Kapka kassabova

whilst Kapka Kassabova used to be a toddler, the borderzone among Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was once rumoured to be a neater crossing element into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with infantrymen, spies and fugitives. On vacations with reference to the border at the Black beach, she recollects enjoying at the seashore, purely miles from the place an electrified fence bristled, its barbs pointing inwards towards the enemy: the holiday-makers, the aptitude escapees.

Today, this densely forested panorama isn't any longer seriously militarised, however it is scarred via its previous. In Border, Kapka Kassabova units out on a trip to satisfy the folk of this triple border - Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, and the most recent wave of refugees fleeing clash extra afield. She discovers a sector that has been formed by way of the successive forces of historical past: through its personal prior migration crises, through communism, by way of global wars, via the Ottoman Empire, and - older nonetheless - by way of the traditional legacy of myths and legends. As Kapka Kassabova explores this enigmatic area within the corporation of border guards and treasure hunters, marketers and botanists, psychic healers and formality fire-walkers, refugees and smugglers, she lines the actual and mental borders that criss-cross its villages and mountains, and is going looking for the tales that may free up its secrets.

Border is a sharply saw portrait of a little-known nook of Europe, and a desirable meditation at the borderlines that exist among nations, among cultures, among humans, and inside each one of us.

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