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'Yet another wonderful read from one of the best travel writers of his generation. In Walls, Marcello Di Cintio tells compelling and engrossing stories with his customary mix of vivid detail, a strong sense of history, a lovely sense of humour, and above all, a fascination with the human race in all its contradictions.'(Margaret MacMillan, author of Peacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World.)
‘The ‘wall disease’, to borrow Di Cintio’s phrase, is rampant but hopefully this passionate book will help us to develop an antidote.’(Geographical)
‘As a colourful, compassionate tour of hot spots where “nations stake territory in bald concrete”, this beating of the bounds can’t be topped.’
'Solid journalism that takes readers into cheerless, contested places they probably would not wish to see for themselves. An eye-opener.'(Kirkus Reviews)
A beautifully written reportage, part travel, part history, part politics, full of acute observations and analysis. Recognising that, as an outsider weilding a Canadian passport, he is in the enviable position of being able to pass through walls, Di Cintio makes meaningful connections with people on the ground to understand local contexts. The results are personal stories of living with walls, of subverting them and of defeating them, at once gripping, haunting, humorous and inspiring.'(Traveller)
'What he [Di Cintio] does do, bravely and forcefully, and with impressive commitment, is to bear witness to the suffering of people who live in the shadow of separation barriers.'(Guardian)
'What's it like having a physically massive, politically symbolic barrier for a neighbour? That's the question posed by this deftly written travelogue, which drops into settlements in Isreal, Northern Ireland, Mexico and more to paint stark portraits of life beside some of the world's most notorious reinforced borders.'(Time Out)
‘Di Cintio’s journeys successfully articulate the diminishing, humiliating effect of the walls on those who have no choice but to push against them.’(Sunday Telegraph)
'[an] illuminating, brilliantly composed book.’(Financial Times)
'Di Cintio is very good - honest, sharp, nuanced and vivid.'(New Statesman) Reseña del editor:
The world’s walls are supposed to be coming down. We speak of globalization, international markets and global villages; barriers to trade keep falling, and it is now possible to communicate instantly from nearly anywhere in the world. But just as these virtual walls come down, real walls rise. In this evocative blend of travel writing, history and politics, Marcello Di Cintio visits the world’s most disputed edges to meet those who live alongside the razor wire, concrete and steel. Along the way he shares tea with refugees on the wrong side of Morocco’s desert wall; he encounters illegal immigrants circumventing high-tech fencing around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla; he walks Arizona’s migrant trails, visits fenced-in villages in India, and stands with those who protest against Israel’s security barrier to understand what these structures say about those who build them, and how they influence the cultures that they pen in. Venturing beyond politics, he encounters the infiltrators who circumvent the walls, the artists who transform them, and the fenced-in ignored and forgotten people who live in their shadow.
The walls discussed are: 1. ‘The Wall of Shame’ in the Western Sahara, built by the Morrocans in 1987 following their defeat by the Spanish. 2. A high-tech ‘fence’ around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Meilla. 3. The Indo Bangladesh ‘fence’, erected in 1947. 4. The West Bank Wall. 5. The ‘green line’ that separates the Greek from the Turkish-Cypriot quarters in Nicosia, the capital of Cypress, and Lefkosa, the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. 6. The US-Mexico border. 7. The various barriers throughout Belfast. 8.The l’Acadie fence in Montreal, erected as a wall built of chains in 1960.
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Descripción Union Books 9781908526335. Soft cover. Condición: New. NEW paperback. Union Books, 2013. 287 pages. From the blurb: "In this evocative blend of travel writing, history and politics, Marcello Di Cintio visits the world's most disputed edges to meet those who live alongside the razor wire, concrete and steel. On the way, he shares tea with refugees on the wrong side of Morocco's desert wall, encounters illegal immigrants navigating high-tech fencing around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, walks Arizona's migrant trails, visits fenced-in villages in India, and stands with those who protest against Israel's security barrier to understand what these structures say about those who build them, and how they influence the cultures they pen in." Winner of the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize For Political Writing. Nº de ref. del artículo: 1766