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A Short Border Handbook by Gazmend Kapllani
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After spending his childhood and school years in Albania, imagining that the mini-skirts and quiz-shows of Italian state TV were the reality of life in the West, and fantasising accordingly about living on the other side of the border, the death of 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 centre 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 both 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.

Author Biography

Gazmend Kapllani was born in 1967 in Albania. In January 1991 he crossed the border into Greece on foot. In Greece he worked as a builder, a cook, and a kiosk attendant, while also studying at Athens University and completing a doctorate on the image of Albanians in the Greek press and of Greeks in the Albanian press. He now writes a twice-weekly column for Ta Nea, Greece s biggest daily newspaper.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Portobello Books Ltd
Pages
160
Dimensions
129x198x18
ISBN-13
9781846271496
Product ID
2968536

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