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.
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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.Read Full Review of Walls: Travels Along the Barr... | See more reviews from Financial Times
Walls is mostly a litany of tears, anger and woe, leavened by bitterly absurdist irony.Read Full Review of Walls: Travels Along the Barr... | See more reviews from National Post arts
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...Read Full Review of Walls: Travels Along the Barr... | See more reviews from National Post arts