Join us in welcoming Gazmend Kapllani to the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene where he will be signing and discussing his latest book “A Short Border Handbook: A Journey through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth”.
After spending his childhood in Albania, and fantasizing about life across the border, Gazmend Kapllani escapes to Greece--only to get banged up in a detention center. As he and his fellow immigrants try to find jobs, they begin to plan their future lives in Greece, imagining success that is always beyond their grasp. The sheer absurdity of both their plans and their new lives is overwhelming. Both ironic and emotional, Kapllani interweaves the story of his experience with meditations upon "border syndrome"--a mental state, as much as a geographical experience--to create a brilliantly observed, amusing, and perceptive debut. And a timely one at that, given that immigration is again at the forefront of politics both in the US and Europe.
Gazmend Kapllani, the author of three books, teaches creative writing and European history at Emerson College and was previously a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute. “A Short Border Handbook,” inspired by his own experience as an immigrant and written in Greek, was a best-seller in Greece and translated into several languages; Kapllani's other books include the novels My Name is Europe and The Last Page.