By Sam Vaknin
It is a sequence of articles written and released in 1996-2000 in Macedonia, in Russia, in Egypt and within the Czech Republic.
How the West misplaced the East. The economics, the politics, the geopolitics, the conspiracies, the corruption, the previous and the recent, the plough and the web – it's all the following, in prose, as provocative and vitriolic and loving and longing as i'll make it.
From "The brain of Darkness":
"'The Balkans' – I say – 'is the subconscious of the world'. humans cease to digest this metaphor after which they nod enthusiastically. it's right here that the repressed stories of heritage, its traumas and fears and pictures stay. it truly is the following that the psychodynamics of humanity – the tectonic conflict among Rome and Byzantium, West and East, Judeo-Christianity and Islam – continues to be simply discernible. we're seated at a brand new Year's eating desk, loaded with a roasted pig and unique salads.
I, the Jew, simply part overseas to this cradle of Slavonics. 4 Serbs, 5 Macedonians. it really is within the Balkans that every one ethnic differences fail and it's right here that they be triumphant anachronistically and atavistically. Contradiction and alter the one furniture of this tormented region.
The girls of the Balkan – buried lower than provocative mask-like make up, unfashionable hairstyles and too slim attire. the lads, clad in sepia colors, quaint matches and switch of the century moustaches. within the heritage there's the crying online game that's Balkanian track: liturgy and people and elegy mixed. The smells are heavy with musk-ular perfumes. it's like time commute. it's like revisiting one's childhood."
How have been the articles and essays contained herein – lots of them translated and released in neighborhood languages – acquired by way of humans everywhere?
My readers from the Balkans reacted to those essays with an admixture of rage and indignation. They erected protecting barricades of self-aggrandizement and of my devaluation. they usually allow their ingrained paranoia run rampant (Jewish conspiracies, Western spies, international plots). I requested a resident of this tortured quarter to jot down the foreword to this publication. humans from different components, from valuable and japanese Europe, have been extra argumentative and considering, even though less passionate. And Westerners – specifically people with curiosity in those areas of the realm – reacted with nice, cathartic enthusiasm.
In interpreting this publication, I want upon you the enjoyment and the revulsion, the darkish fascination of this area and its surrealist goals and nightmares. this is often what I adventure day-by-day right here and it really is my wish that I succeeded to express the siren's tune, the honeyed catch, the trap and the attract of this tortured nook of the earth.
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After the Rain: How the West Lost the East by Sam Vaknin