By Yuliya Komska
Yuliya Komska transports readers to the western fringe of the Bohemian wooded area, one among Europe’s oldest borderlands, the place within the Fifties civilians got down to form the so-called prayer wall. a series of recent and repurposed pilgrimage websites, lookout towers, and monuments, the prayer wall put long-standing German obsessions, wooded area and border, on the center of the century’s such a lot protracted clash. Komska illustrates how civilians used the prayer wall to have interaction with and give a contribution to the recent political and non secular panorama. within the method, she relates West Germany’s quiet sylvan outer edge to the tragic pitch frequent alongside the Iron Curtain’s better-known segments.
Steeped in archival examine and rooted in nuanced interpretations of wide-ranging cultural artifacts, from vandalized spiritual photos and vacationer snapshots to poems and travelogues, The Icon Curtain pushes disciplinary obstacles and opens new views at the examine of borders and the chilly battle alike.
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