- Author: Kapka Kassabova
- Title Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe
- Published: 2017
- Trivia: Winner 2017 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
- Category: Travel Book of the Year
- #WorldFromMyArmchair (Bulgaria)
- #MagicSquare Challenge – Award winner
Borders….where the fabric is thin.
Writing style: Kassabova has succeeded in writing ‘travel literature’.
I felt was reading art instead of social commentary about the Balkan region (Bulgaria, border with Greece and Turkey.)
Strong point: Instead of repeating the politics of the region, Kassabova focused on understanding what happened to the people and their heritage. “Rumour remained the preferred currency.” (pg 53)
Angst an Architecture: Kassabova stops by a gangster-baroque villa. (pg 44). She meets a whisky sipping local pensioner, a man of leisure, ex- state security, trophy wife in bikini, expensive swiss watch and a …very menacing message. “ In the old days we had methods for the likes of you.” Progressives….who go around asking questions.
Green border: 1960-1989
Kassabova takes the reader into the Bulgarian green border of Strandja Forest. Many tried to escape from Warsaw Pact side (Bulgaria) to the …NATO side (Greece or Turkey) because this green border seemed easier to cross than the Berlin Wall. Many…never reached their destination.
Tone: Book oozes dark, sinister, mysterious stories in hushed tones about what happened in the Balkans.
Voice: Kassabova lets her personality show between the lines. She is playful, cheeky, personal and inspiring and in my opinion very brave to start on this adventure!
- Sometime I just read a book
- …but this time I lived in the book….Border.
- Absolutely wonderful…!