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By Kapka kassabova

ISBN-10: 1681687976

ISBN-13: 9781681687971

ISBN-10: 1783783206

ISBN-13: 9781783783205

whilst Kapka Kassabova used to be a toddler, the borderzone among Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was once rumoured to be a better crossing aspect into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with squaddies, spies and fugitives. On vacations just about the border at the Black beach, she recalls enjoying at the seashore, in basic terms miles from the place an electrified fence bristled, its barbs pointing inwards towards the enemy: the holiday-makers, the capability escapees.

Today, this densely forested panorama isn't any longer seriously militarised, however it is scarred through its previous. In Border, Kapka Kassabova units out on a trip to fulfill the folks of this triple border - Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, and the newest wave of refugees fleeing clash extra afield. She discovers a zone that has been formed via the successive forces of heritage: by means of its personal prior migration crises, via communism, by way of global wars, via the Ottoman Empire, and - older nonetheless - by means of the traditional legacy of myths and legends. As Kapka Kassabova explores this enigmatic sector 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 would release 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 of every one of us.

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