Book Outline

Here are some of the TOPICS addressed by these comics, more or less in the order that they appear in the book:

  1. PRE-TRIP: Rabbit outlines his intentions & then starts out on his journey.

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  2. BRATISLAVA: Rabbit explores Slovakia’s western capital city & studies Slovak with an group of international students.

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  3. THE TRAIN RIDE EAST: Rabbit leaves Bratislava and heads East into the countryside where his cousins live, exploring remote mountain passes on the way.
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  4. THE DAY THE GOVERNMENT FELL: The sudden collapse of Slovakia’s ruling coalition brings the EU debt crisis home to Rabbit and his hosts.

  5. LAND & CULTURE IN EASTERN SLOVAKIA: Rabbit explores the texture and structure of village life in Eastern Slovakia.
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  6. BABKA & FAMILY: Rabbit’s Babka relates oral history and other artifacts of Eastern culture.
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  7. TEACHING: Rabbit teaches English at a small town school.
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  8. NUTS, MUSHROOMS, MILK, & SLAUGHTER:  Through several adventures, Rabbit learns about food and family in Eastern Slovakia.

  9. INVISIBLE TOWN: Rabbit begins to notice the longstanding segregation of Roma people in Slovak society…

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  10. DRAWING AT CHURCH: Rabbit visits the local church to study an ancient altar… and ends up taking language lessons from the cleaning ladies, too!
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  11. DRAWING AT THE CENTER: Rabbit takes on students at the local Roma cultural center, but things go quickly awry…

  12. FINAL DAYS: Rabbit makes his closing visits and prepares to head home.
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