By Guido Snel
This notable quantity explores the fashionable melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the eu continent and the human effects of the speedily transferring borders within the new period of the eu Union. Twenty individuals, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in long island, relate their attention-grabbing existence reviews that span international locations and continents and the a number of identities that they have got cultivated in the course of their lifestyles trips. adjust Ego is a compelling quantity that probes deeply into the fashionable eu event and permits a number of voices to proportion the fun, demanding situations, and frustrations of residing throughout a number of cultures.
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What is the ideology of a united Europe? Is there one, or is economy the only reason why we, my country and all those other European non-European countries, dream of becoming part of a united Europe? Originally, the assumption was that economic integration would lead to political unification, wasn’t it, and even though Europe – the Europe of our prejudices, of course – has been united for a number of decades, the differences remain. Some are rich and some are poor, just like before, and every so often we witness the surge of political conflicts.
And isn’t Paris the city of love, freedom, light? Is it? I don’t know. I know it is the city of loneliness, stagnation, and decay. I know that it is more a city of autumn (all this smell of feuilles mortes) than the city of spring. But it is true that it also has its comforting side. A kind of wind of eternity, which is pushing the clouds over the river. When it touched me, it always made me feel sad, but strangely free. Are you nostalgic about Paris? Not really. If I am nostalgic, it is about the person I was ten years ago.
There is a big difference: to love somebody, or to love somebody’s lines. Normally, I very rarely get any mail from my readers. I hardly believe they exist. Yesterday was a great day. I got an e-mail from a boy or a man (but my fantasy made him immediately to be a young attractive boy, kind of 25-years old, sensitive, dreamy), who told me he likes my novels, and also his boyfriend and his boyfriend’s sister love them. I 36 got angry and jealous of my books. Suddenly I saw them living there with the one who wrote to me, his boyfriend, the boyfriend’s sister, her pals, their parents.