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In Another World: Among Europe's Dying Villages [Paperback]

Tom Pow
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7 Jun 2012
In one of the great defining moments in human history, more people now live in cities than in rural areas, and the effects of this depopulation and the plummeting birthrate are being felt keenly throughout Europe, which has the fastest-declining population in the world. Tom Pow sets out to explore what this means in some of the most rapidly vanishing areas of Europe. From Spain to Russia, he uses the tools of his trade - travelogue, essay, story and poem - to make connections, not only with what he encounters in numerous dying villages, but to reflect on his own experiences of memory, identity and loss. In Another World is an open book: not an argument, but an invitation to remember, to reflect and to engage with one of the most significant social issues affecting Europe today.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846971950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846971952
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Pow (b. 1950, Edinburgh) has won four Scottish Arts Council Book Awards for his poetry and one for his children's writing. "Dear Alice - Narratives of Madness" won the Scottish Book of the Year Award for Poetry in 2009. "In The Becoming, New and Selected Poems" appeared in 2009. He has also written "In The Palace of Serpents", a travel book about Peru, several young adult novels and written radio dramas. From 2001 to 2003 he was the first writer in residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and in 2005 was Poet in Residence at StAnza, Scotland's Poetry Festival. He has taught in Edinburgh, London, Madrid and Dumfries. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow in Dumfries, where he was a Senior Lecturer in creative writing and storytelling. In 2007, he received a Creative Scotland Award for a project on the dying villages of Europe. "In Another World, Among Europe's Dying Villages" was published in June 2012.

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About the Author

Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. He has won many awards for his writing, and is also an accredited storyteller. He is now Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Storytelling at the University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus, Dumfries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 30 Jun 2012
This is a wonderful read! I have explored a number of these dying villages in the northern part of Spain and so found this book gave a real insight to the these villages. This is a book that as with all Tom Pow,s books is beautifully written and very touching in places. A definite good summer read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The End of a Civilisation 31 Dec 2012
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The book "In Another World: Among Europe's Dying Villages" has some fascinating insights into the decline of village life in Spain, France, England and Russia. The topic needs a lot more explanation - is TV really the main reason why so many villages in France, for example, are dying? The confusion of the post World War 2 period, plus the innovations in high technology jobs, media and communications mean that the reasons for such a decline are complex. There is sadness in empty villages in Spain, Russia etc., but a lot more could be written about Italy and elsewhere as well. I am trying to grasp the major reasons why the book lacks so much - it is disjointed and does not follow a pattern of selecting major causal factors and then identifying them across Europe. It is more or less a random selection of tiny segments of Europe and why they, in particular are dying, without looking at a whole range of reasons, both internal and external. The book needs more comprehensive research. It is interesting reading but leaves one with more questions than answers.
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