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After the Rain

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Author: Shmuel Vaknin
Published: 2000
Language: English
Wordcount: 84,219 / 270 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,471 7123
License: ©
Genres: Essays, Post-1930

Copyright (C) 2000 Copyright Lidija Rangelovska.

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phor and then they nod enthusiastically. It is here that the repressed memories of history, its traumas and fears and images reside. It is here that the psychodynamics of humanity - the tectonic clash between Rome and Byzantium, West and East, Judeo-Christianity and Islam - is still easily discernible. We are seated at a New Year's dining table, loaded with a roasted pig and exotic salads.

I, the Jew, only half foreign to this cradle of Slavonics. Four Serbs, five Macedonians. It is in the Balkans that all ethnic distinctions fail and it is here that they prevail anachronistically and atavistically. Contradiction and change the only two fixtures of this tormented region.

The women of the Balkan - buried under provocative mask-like make up, retro hairstyles and too narrow dresses. The men, clad in sepia colours, old fashioned suits and turn of the century moustaches. In the background there is the crying game that is Balkanian music: liturgy and folk and elegy combined. The smells are heavy with



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