Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe by Anne ApplebaumBy Anne Applebaum. New York: Pantheon Books. Applebaum, the deputy editor of The Spectator in London, achieves both specificity and readability. If she occasionally seems to undercut her own points, this only demonstrates that good travel books are by nature imperfect, since travel experiences do not always sustain a travel writer's own theories about a place. Precisely because these are borderlands okrainy in Russian, kresy in Polish where cultures overlap, many a truth can be undermined by another. Applebaum, for example, explores whether the renowned 19th-century poet Adam Mickiewicz was a Pole, a Belarussian, a Lithuanian or a Jew -- or any combination of the four. Enigma certainly reigns here.
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Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe
Award-winning author Gish Jen's new book, The Girl at the Baggage Claim , explores differences in the way Easterners and Westerners view self and society. Below, she recommends books that illuminate that cultural divide:. Do children of different cultures tell their stories differently? This book produced in me the proverbial shiver up the spine for which readers all read. I have returned to it repeatedly since its publication in It was well worth the wait: Wang shines a light into the very heart of East-West narrative difference, rooting it in autobiography. My copy may be more marked up than any other book I've ever owned.
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Look Inside. Jun 13, ISBN In the summer and fall of , Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag and Iron Curtain , took a three month road trip through the freshly independent borderlands of Eastern Europe. She deftly weaves the harrowing history of the region and captures the effects of political upheaval on a personal level. An extraordinary journey into the past and present of the lands east of Poland and west of Russia—an area defined throughout its history by colliding empires.