Those former artists of the Communist regime, who are still working today, are trying in vain to dress their muses in new colours. Studiously, they invoke their cultural and national identity. They draw on those collective sensibilities (more…)
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Sometimes it is hard to be a Norwegian. But, Norway is probably the only country in Europe which doesn’t have a substantial debt problem at the moment, or at least the only country whose cash problem is to have too much cash and no political guts to use it sensibly, but. I say but. There’s always a but. And the but is often connected to something with identity. Who the fuck wants a Norwegian identity? (more…)
Even today, Europe doesn’t know the Balkans, but neither do the Balkans know Europe. Because we write and think in different alphabets.
And it is significant that the toponym Balkans is of Turkish origin. While Western Europe is unifying, we in the East are practicing separatism. In this context, my Ukrainian colleague Irvanets once said: “Before Western Europe unified, they went through a process of proper distancing themselves from each other. That is still in store for us.” This means that we will first become a part of Europe and only then will we begin to distance ourselves from it. (more…)