One year and one month after Russia's cruel invasion of eastern Ukraine began, two books help to understand the keys to a conflict that had been entrenched in Europe for decades, perhaps centuries.
The first of those reviewed this week in 'Babelia' is
Between East and West
, by Anne Applebaum, in which the expert historian and political journalist already warned in 1994, when it was first published, of the geopolitical instability of the area, in which the constant mutation of borders had placed peoples, governments, languages and nationalist sentiments in a strange puzzle that is difficult to fit.
Applebaum's initiation journey, perhaps a premonitory of the current conflict, to numerous countries in the troubled area has been updated with a prologue by the author in light of the current war.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrujovich publishes a
Small encyclopedia of intimate places
, in which he visits 39 cities in the world that have been the scene of great historical events.
And he analyzes life in them with a look split between the European and the Slavic.
This week's featured book is
, by Manuel Calderón, which becomes an x-ray of the rural exodus of the seventies to the big cities, seen from an archetypal space of childhood memory, the descampados of urban suburbs.
In addition, among the titles published, the latest novel by Marta Sanz also stands out,
Metallic shutters go down suddenly
, an intelligent narrative, full of literary, cinematographic and musical references, which is an acid and bitter criticism, with extremely black humour, adrift in technology. and social that humanity now bears.
The vehicle that Marta Sanz uses is a dystopia anchored in virtual reality and artificial intelligence that we are now just beginning to glimpse.
In addition, Babelia
are reviewing this week the collections of poems
, by Ben Clark;
About the chance of the map
, by Álvaro Valverde;
Democracy in the trenches
, by Lluís Orriols;
The Tragic Mindset
, by Robert Kaplan;
Before the Storm
, by Gal Beckerman;
and the novel
, written by Joseph O'Connor, brother of the famous Sinéad O'Connor, and which delves, with great veracity, into the world of rock bands.
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