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Etan Nechin

is a writer and editor at The Bare Life Review: A Journal of Immigrant and Refugee literature

Berlin Wall: An Afterlife

November 9th, 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Berlin officials planned a week-long celebration in which the entire city became “the largest concert stage in the world.” However, amidst nationalist uprisings, racial and religious violence, from Halle to Ras al-Ain, and border tensions from Londonderry to Tapachula, it felt less like a celebration and more like a vigil for the death of the borderless-world dream promised 30 years ago.

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The Brooklyn Rail

OCT 2020

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