Gazmend Kapllani A Short Border Handbook

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A Short Border Handbook

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An exhilarating, blackly funny exploration of migration and borders from an Albanian who grew up longing to cross to Greece, only to find reality did not match fantasy After spending his childhood and school years in Albania, imagining that the miniskirts and game shows of Italian state TV were the reality of life in the West, and fantasizing accordingly about living on the other side of the border, the 1985 death of Albanian Communist leader Hoxha at last enables Gazmend Kapllani to make his escape. However, on arriving in the promised land, he finds neither lots of willing leggy lovelies nor a warm welcome from his long-lost Greek cousins. Instead, he gets banged up in a detention center in a small border town. As Gazi and his fellow immigrants try to find jobs, they begin to plan their future lives in Greece, imagining riches and successes which always remain just beyond their grasp. The sheer absurdity of their plans and their new lives is overwhelming. Both detached and involved, 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.

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About the Author:

Gazmend Kapllani was born in Albania in 1967 and in January 1991 he crossed the border into Greece on foot. He is a columnist for Ta Nea, Greece's biggest daily newspaper.

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'A brilliant, wry and playful memoir about migration. Kapllani tells it as it's never been told before.' Lisa Appignanesi 'Kapllani treats the absurdities of nationalism in the Balkans - and everywhere - with mischief, wit and insight' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

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