Kapka Kassabova

To the Lake

A Balkan Journey of War and Peace


Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa. Two ancient lakes joined by underground rivers. Two lakes that seem to hold both the turbulent memories of the region's past and the secret of its enduring allure. Two lakes that have played a central role in Kapka Kassabova's maternal family. With their remote rock churches, changeable currents, and large population of migratory birds, the lakes also live in their own time.

As she journeys to her grandmother's place of origin, Kassabova encounters a place that was a trading and spiritual nexus of the southern Balkans for centuries and which remains one of the most diverse corners of Eurasia. By exploring the stories of poets, fishermen, and caretakers, misfits, rulers, and inheritors of war and exile, she uncovers the human destinies shaped by the lakes. Through them, Kassabova pursues a deep inquiry into how geography and politics imprint themselves upon families and nations, posing universal questions about human suffering and the capacity for change.

Über die Autorin / über den Autor:

Kapka Kassabova grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, and now lives in the Scottish Highlands. Her most recent book is Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Preis: CHF 30.90
Sprache: Englisch
Art: Broschiertes Buch
Erschienen: 2020
Verlag: Gray Wolf
ISBN: 978-1-64445-026-0
Masse: 384 S.