Walls by Marcello Di Cintio
Travels Along the Barricades

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Walls is mostly a litany of tears, anger and woe, leavened by bitterly absurdist irony.
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In this ambitious blend of travel and reportage, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world's most disputed edges to meet the people who live alongside the razor wire and answer the question: What does it mean to live against the walls? Di Cintio shares tea with Saharan refugees on the wrong side of Morocco's desert wall. He meets with illegal Punjabi migrants who have circumvented the fencing around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. He visits fenced-in villages in northeast India, walks Arizona's migrant trails, and travels to Palestinian villages to witness the protests against Israel's security barrier.

From Native American reservations on the US-Mexico border and the "Great Wall of Montreal" to Cyprus's divided capital and the Peace Lines of Belfast, Di Cintio seeks to understand what these structures say about those who build them and how they influence the cultures that they surround. Some walls define "us" from "them" with medieval clarity. Some walls encourage fear or feed hate. Others kill. And every wall inspires its own subversion, whether by the infiltrators who dare to go over, under or around them, or by the artists who transform them.

 

About Marcello Di Cintio

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Calgary writer Marcello Di Cintio's book, Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa, won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book. His second book, Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran, won the Wilfred Eggleston Prize. He has also written for numerous magazines and journals, including The Walrus, EnRoute, Geist, Reader's Digest, Afar, and The Globe and Mail.
 
Published September 21, 2012 by Goose Lane Editions. 288 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Raja Shehadeh on Jul 26 2013

Di Cintio’s book is a travel book that takes its readers through many countries and gives them a sense of what it is like to live on one side of a wall and to experience the fragmentation and destruction of the landscape of one’s country.

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Reviewed by Vit Wagner on Dec 07 2012

Walls is mostly a litany of tears, anger and woe, leavened by bitterly absurdist irony.

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Reviewed by Vit Wagner on Dec 07 2012

Mostly, Di Cintio is appalled and disheartened by what he finds. And, as much as he tries to let the situation on the ground speak for itself, he doesn’t shy away from letting the reader know where his sympathies reside...

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