Toward Xenopolis
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240 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

None Illustrations

Series: Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Toward Xenopolis

Visions from the Borderland

by Krzysztof Czyżewski

Edited by Mayhill C. Fowler

Foreword by Timothy Snyder

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Essays by a founder of the Borderland Foundation in East-Central Europe explore the meanings of community in a fractured world.
How do we build civil society? How does a society repair itself after violence? How do we live in a world with others different from ourselves? These questions lie at the heart of Krzysztof Czyzewski's writing and his work with Fundacja Pogranicze, the Borderland Foundation, at the border of Lithuania, Poland, and Belarus. Writing from the heartland of Europe's violence and creativity, Czyzewski seeks to explain how we can relate better to each other and to our diverse communities. Building on examples of places and people in East-Central Europe, Czyzewski's essays offer readers concepts such as the invisible bridge, the nejmar (the bridge-builder), and the xenopolis (the city of others), which create community throughout the world. The three sections of the book—concepts, places, and practices—show how this cultural work bridges the divide between concepts and practices and offers a new map of Europe. Ultimately, Czyzewski hopes we can all move toward xenopolis, toward the understanding that others are, in fact, ourselves. This book offers an introduction to Czyzewski's work, with framing essays by specialists in Central and East European history.
Introduction: Timothy Snyder
Preface: Mayhill C. Fowler
Acknowledgements: Krzysztof Czyzewski
Editorial Note: Mayhill C. Fowler
Map

CONCEPTS

Xenopolis
Milosz: A Connective Tissue
Towards Deep Culture
Drama of the Polish Outsider

PLACES

Reinventing Central Europe
Czernowitz: A Forgotten Metropolis
The Spirituality of Vilnius
Between Timisoara and Târgu Mure?
Our Bosnia

PEOPLE

Sacrum, Fascism, Eliade
Jerzy Ficowski: A Reading of Ashes
Stanislaw Baranczak: A Widening Horizon
Tony Judt: An Elder Brother in Thinking
Tomas Venclova: A Man from the Other Side
The Spirit of Truth: On Essays by Irena Grudzinska-Gross
Select Bibliography
Index

KRZYSZTOF CZYŻEWSKI, a writer and artist, is one of the founders of the Borderland Foundation in Sejny, Poland.

MAYHILL C. FOWLER is Associate Professor of History at Stetson University.

TIMOTHY SNYDER is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books on East and Central European history.

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Title Details

240 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

None Illustrations

Series: Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe

Imprint: University of Rochester Press