Memory, real estate, and the fleeting borders of happiness: the fall of the Berlin Wall in its twenty-fifth year

By Dina Gusejnova Familiar images from 1989 show people on the Berlin Wall, dancing, holding hands, feet dangling east and west, and laughing. Twenty-five years on, these images remain icons of a fleeting phenomenon: political happiness. It is all too easy to confuse the end of this particular story with the end of history. Injustice… Continue reading Memory, real estate, and the fleeting borders of happiness: the fall of the Berlin Wall in its twenty-fifth year