By Sam Vaknin
This can be 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 The economics, the politics, the geopolitics, the conspiracies, the corruption, the outdated and the recent, the plough and the web – it's all the following, in prose, as provocative and vitriolic and loving and longing as i may make it.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 truly is right here that the repressed thoughts of historical past, its traumas and fears and pictures stay. it really 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, in simple terms part international to this cradle of Slavonics. 4 Serbs, 5 Macedonians. it's within the Balkans that each one ethnic differences fail and it's 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 boys, clad in sepia colors, quaint matches and switch of the century moustaches. within the history there's the crying online game that's Balkanian song: liturgy and people and elegy mixed. The smells are heavy with musk-ular perfumes. it really is like time shuttle. it truly is like revisiting one's childhood."
How have been the articles and essays contained herein – a lot of them translated and released in neighborhood languages – bought by way of 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 allow their ingrained paranoia run rampant (Jewish conspiracies, Western spies, global plots). I requested a resident of this tortured zone to write down the foreword to this e-book. humans from different components, from significant and jap Europe, have been extra argumentative and considering, although less passionate. And Westerners – particularly people with curiosity in those areas of the area – reacted with nice, cathartic enthusiasm.
In examining this publication, I want upon you the enjoyment and the revulsion, the darkish fascination of this zone and its surrealist desires and nightmares. this can be what I event day-by-day the following and it really is my wish that I succeeded to exhibit the siren's tune, the honeyed seize, the trap and the attract of this tortured nook of the earth.
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