Waiting for the Barbarians

I lived for a bit, but did not suffer, under military dictatorship in Turkey, briefly the same in Greece, and visited Spain under Franco and I worked against the torture of prisoners in Portugal under Salazar and in the former Soviet Union from afar. My friend Otto lived under East German Communism and spent time in the Gulag in Vorkuta. And my late friend Andra treated the tortured victims of BOSS, the Bureau of State Security in South Africa.

It is all coming back to me: the sleazy incompetence, the lies, the ruling families’ corruption, the oppressive atmosphere, the nervousness and the press where nothing meant what it said…..but hey great novels get written under dicatorships, so we should be in for a gala season in the USA….the new Pamuk, Sinopoulus, Lorca, Saramago, Pasternak, Wolf, and Coetze….


About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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