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Border Stories

Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Communication in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Edited By Beate Greisel, Tanja Konrad, Senta Sanders and Heike Schwarz

Narratives of human existence that cross borders on manifold levels and reflect current vulnerability to the environment and humankind are essential preconditions to ensure an open-minded and humanistic society. This collection covers environmental, ethical, political, postcolonial, psychological, and sociological issues of borders and border-crossing. Combining creative writing with academic essays, this book seeks to incorporate the productive results of the eponymous Summer School which was organized for GAPS and held at the University of Augsburg in September 2015.

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Lone Wolves (at the Breach) (Ivaylo R. Shmilev)

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Ivaylo R. Shmilev

Lone Wolves (at the Breach)

a short story

[23–12-12-23-09-57-46]

They were walking down the vast marble-paved hall and had just reached a turn. Beyond it, the hall expanded slightly and terminated into bronze doors covered with ornamental clouds and thunderbolts dominating over rolling lowlands and rounded mountains: a portal as tall as five adults.

“Damn, here goes,” she thought.

The doors, unhurried, opened with a heavy whoosh of air and let the sounds of conversation out into the hall. She straightened her back and followed him inside.

[23–11-09-25-23-04-56]

“The essence of it all is breaching well-guarded perimeters and making subtle changes in the things kept within.”

Her whitish hair flashed silver in his visor-glasses when she turned her head this way and that, thinking. “Why me when I seriously doubt this kind of approach?”

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