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

By Guido Snel

This notable 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 individuals, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in long island, relate their interesting lifestyles reviews that span nations and continents and the a number of identities that they've cultivated in the course of their existence trips. modify Ego is a compelling quantity that probes deeply into the fashionable ecu event 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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Heimat and its (Dis)contents For various (good) reasons we look upon the nation-state with a frown, and secretly or openly cherish the wish that it might become obsolete in the near future. Wasn’t this what initially inspired the concept of the EU, the fear that the ferocious monster of nationalism would again rise from its ashes? And yet, the Slovene poet Alesˇ Debeljak writes, that perhaps we should not do away completely with national identity. People cannot live without a sense of the collective.

It was only in 1943 that the communist revolution won the upper hand. Both hats, however, have 57 shaped Slovenian life, and both fit the mythical paradigm. , which mythologises the lost battle of pagan Slovenian ancestors, and their subsequent conversion to Christianity in the 8th century BC. Savica, the actual waterfall in the Julian Alps, has served as a near-pilgrimage site for Slovenian people. I took my kids there, too, in the hopes that they would eventually grasp the model for Slovenian life that Presˇeren laid out in his epic: resisted conversion and uneasy adaptation.

Are you worried about that? Not really. I’m talking about it because I don’t know what to do with myself. Every time I get depressed about my own life, which is always the same, I become very ‘global’, I start to think and to speak about the pathetic fate of Humanity. In fact, that’s me, Humanity. Wait. But the social, political dimension of your novels? For instance, your first novel The Border State was what we can call a success… A semi-success. Whatever. Western critics, in particular, seemed to emphasise the socio-critical pathos of the novel, the clash-of-civilisations (East-West) side of it.

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