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By Guido Snel

This awesome quantity explores the trendy melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the eu continent and the human results of the swiftly moving borders within the new period of the ecu Union. Twenty participants, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in big apple, relate their interesting lifestyles studies that span nations 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 trendy ecu adventure and permits a number of voices to percentage the fun, demanding situations, and frustrations of residing throughout a number of cultures.

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But I’m going nuts from it! Writing is my path that requires absolutely being alone, introverted. And travelling and public appearances, selling books, demands an extrovert! From having to adjust my speed, I have to admit that I am going slightly crazy. But isn’t that, in the context of the history of your favourite middle Europe, a truly luxurious craziness, finally with no censorship, exile, banishment, or criminality? It is a completely luxurious madness! I propose to continue! I gaze into the mirror and say: You are truly the first completely free generation of writers!

Yes! I’ve got a wife and two young daughters. That’s great! Congratulations. Thank you! 34 Ego with Alter Ego by Emil Tode (Tõnu Õnnepalu) You turned 41 recently… Yes, like you. But this is not reason enough to conduct an interview. No. The day after your birthday, two-thirds of the Estonians voted to join the EU. You had already written a couple of articles supporting the ‘Yes’ vote. Why? I’m really sorry. It happened. The No-arguments were just so stupid. I got irritated. But I feel pretty bad every time I think about what I wrote for the newspaper.

I didn’t take part in this division of the world. But you know, the world must somehow be divided – possibly for the very reason that we love it in its diversity. Perhaps this is what borders are for: they protect the differences and stave off the final levelling. Their guards have no idea what riches they actually protect. And the complete disappearance of borders or of dividing lines more generally, would first and foremost mean the loss of identities. Only that under the current division my identity may be torn into pieces and cut off from itself.

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