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 The economics, the politics, the geopolitics, the conspiracies, the corruption, the outdated and the hot, the plough and the net – it's all the following, in prose, as provocative and vitriolic and loving and longing as i may make it.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 really is the following that the repressed thoughts of heritage, its traumas and fears and pictures dwell. it's 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, in simple terms part overseas to this cradle of Slavonics. 4 Serbs, 5 Macedonians. it really is within the Balkans that each one ethnic differences fail and it truly is the following that they be triumphant anachronistically and atavistically. Contradiction and alter the single furniture of this tormented region.
The girls of the Balkan – buried below provocative mask-like make up, unfashionable hairstyles and too slender attire. the lads, clad in sepia shades, quaint fits and switch of the century moustaches. within the history there's the crying video game that's Balkanian track: liturgy and people and elegy mixed. The smells are heavy with musk-ular perfumes. it's like time shuttle. 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 through humans everywhere?
My readers from the Balkans reacted to those essays with an admixture of rage and indignation. They erected shielding barricades of self-aggrandizement and of my devaluation. they usually enable their ingrained paranoia run rampant (Jewish conspiracies, Western spies, international plots). I requested a resident of this tortured area to put in writing the foreword to this ebook. humans from different elements, from relevant and jap Europe, have been extra argumentative and considering, even though less passionate. And Westerners – particularly people with curiosity in those areas of the realm – reacted with nice, cathartic enthusiasm.
In examining this publication, I want upon you the enjoyment and the revulsion, the darkish fascination of this area and its surrealist goals and nightmares. this can be what I adventure day-by-day the following and it really is my wish that I succeeded to show the siren's music, the honeyed catch, the entice and the attract of this tortured nook of the earth.
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