Walls: Travels Along the Barricades

 
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In this ambitious blend of travel and reportage, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world's most disputed edges to meet the people who live alongside the razor wire and answer the question: What does it mean to live against the walls? Di Cintio shares tea with Saharan refugees on the wrong side of Morocco's desert wall. He meets with illegal Punjabi migrants who have circumvented the fencing around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. He visits fenced-in villages in northeast India, walks Arizona's migrant trails, and travels to Palestinian villages to witness the protests against Israel's security barrier.

From Native American reservations on the US-Mexico border and the "Great Wall of Montreal" to Cyprus's divided capital and the Peace Lines of Belfast, Di Cintio seeks to understand what these structures say about those who build them and how they influence the cultures that they surround. Some walls define "us" from "them" with medieval clarity. Some walls encourage fear or feed hate. Others kill. And every wall inspires its own subversion, whether by the infiltrators who dare to go over, under or around them, or by the artists who transform them.

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The walls were supposed to come tumbling down, yet humanity continues to erect crude barriers out of razor wire, concrete, and stone. In this evocative blend of travel writing and politics, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world's most disputed edges to meet with the men, women, and children who live in the shadows of walls.

Whether visiting Native American reservations on the U.S.-Mexico border or the "Great Wall of Montreal," Di Cintio learns that, while such barriers habitually fail, they also succeed at something else. Some walls define Us from Them. Some walls encourage fear or feed hate. And every wall inspires its own subversion, either by the infiltrators who dare go over, under, or around them, or by the artists who transform them. With this new edition of one of the most lauded non-fiction books of 2012, Marcello Di Cintio vaults firmly into the first tier of international travel writers.

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Calgary writer Marcello Di Cintio's book, Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa, won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book. His second book, Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran, won the Wilfred Eggleston Prize. He has also written for numerous magazines and journals, including The Walrus, EnRoute, Geist, Reader's Digest, Afar, and The Globe and Mail.

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