A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant's Labyrinth

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A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant's Labyrinth

By  Gazmend Kapllani , Translated by  Anne-Marie Stanton-Ife
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An exhilarating and darkly comical exploration of migration and borders from an Albanian who grew up in Hoxha's madhouse, longing to cross to Greece, only to find another seam of absurdities and disappointments on his eventual arrival.

After spending his childhood in Albania, and fantasizing about life across the border, Gazmend Kapllani escapes to Greece--only to get banged up in a detention center. As he and his fellow immigrants try to find jobs, they begin to plan their future lives in Greece, imagining success that is always beyond their grasp. The sheer absurdity of both their plans and their new lives is overwhelming. Both ironic and emotional, Kapllani interweaves the story of his experience with meditations upon "border syndrome"--a mental state, as much as a geographical experience--to create a brilliantly observed, amusing, and perceptive debut. And a timely one at that, given that immigration is again at the forefront of politics both in the US and Europe.

Gazmend Kapllani, the author of three books, teaches creative writing and European history at Emerson College and was previously a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute. Born in 1967 in Albania, he crossed the mountainous border into Greece on foot in 1991. In Greece he worked as a builder, a cook, and a kiosk attendant while earning a doctorate at Athens University. For more than twenty years he was a columnist for the leading daily Ta Nea. A Short Border Handbook, inspired by his own experience as an immigrant and written in Greek, was a best-seller in Greece and translated into several languages; Kapllani's other books include the novels My Name is Europe (2010, Greece; 2013, France) and The Last Page (2012, Greece).

ISBN: 9780997316988

ISBN-10: 9780997316988

Publisher: New Europe Books

Publication Date: 10/03/2017 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/03/2017 - 12:00am

Pages: 144

Language: English


Travel / Essays & Travelogues

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Social Science / Emigration & Immigration