When Reagan told Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, it was not only a political act. In the course of this beautifully written travelogue, Marcello Di Cintio discovers that razor wire, concrete and steel divide more than nations. From Belfast to Cyprus, from the West Bank to the US-Mexico border, they divide people and cultures. This haunting and inspiring book records the personal stories of those who live in their shadow.
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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)
'[Di Cintio] brings a fair-minded, maple-baked sensitivity to the madness of dividing lines and barbed wire, but the effect is all the more saddening. If someone as uncholeric and sweet-tempered as Di Cintio found more despair than hope, it's not a good sign. Still, he writes well, unpicking some of the world's trouble spots in spare and lucid prose.'(Literary Review)
'A book that follows its thread, that unpompously accepts the haplessness of being an outsider, and that is justly impatient with comunities that hide behind a wall rather than ask difficult questions.'(The Times)
'An ambitious investigation of the globalised world's underbelly.'(Metro)
'A challenging subject, fraught with political risk and one that could easily tempt a writer to platitudes and facile truisms. Instead, Di Cintio disciplined himself to observe and reflect in depth, and to avoid easy conclusions. This is the kind of book that could only come from immersion in real places and among real people and in that regard, given the complex tensions that are spread along the world's walls, it's almost a miracle it ever got written. Di Cintio's prose is eloquent yet humble, occasionally poetic, and deeply-considered. Truly an exceptional work.'(Alberta Literary Awards)
'Award-winning Canadian travel writer blends history, travel writing and reportage. He writes beautifully.'(The Bookseller) About the Author:
MARCELLO DI CINTIO is a Canadian writer who has lived in West Africa, North Africa, India and the Middle East. He is the author of two award-winning books: Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa and Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran.
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Descripción Union, 2013. Estado de conservación: New. When Reagan told Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, it was not only a political act. In the course of this beautifully written travelogue, Marcello Di Cintio discovers that razor wire, concrete and steel divide more than nations. From Belfast to Cyprus, from the West Bank to the US-Mexico border, they divide people and cultures. This haunting and inspiring book records the personal stories of those who live in their shadow. Nº de ref. de la librería 217538
Descripción Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Brand new book. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you safely. Nº de ref. de la librería fa9781908526335
Descripción Union Books 9781908526335. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: 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. de la librería 1766