International superstar Ricky Martin, who has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, opens up for the first time about memories of his early childhood, experiences in the famed boy band Menudo, struggles with his identity during the Livin' la Vida Loca phenomenon, reflections on coming to terms with his sexuality, relationships that allowed him to embrace love, and life-changing decisions like devoting himself to helping children around the world and becoming a father. Me is an intimate memoir about the very liberating and spiritual journey of one of the most iconic pop stars of our time.
'In the process of revealing the human being behind the artist, Ricky Martin offers us a testimony of exemplary honesty and greatness of soul. While I was reading, I remembered a verse from the Persian poet Hafez, 'Not even seven thousand years of joy can justify seven years of repression.' Paulo Coelho 'Ricky Martin has written an extraordinary memoir, the story of a tortured soul who healed himself by returning to the state of innocence and authenticity. His story will speak to you, because it is, in a sense, the story of humanity--of the sacred and the profane, of forbidden lust and unconditional love. It takes courage to be so ruthlessly honest and transparent, but it is only this kind of courage and this kind of love that can heal the world. Bravo!' Deepak Chopra, M.D.
The New York Times bestselling memoir-now available as an enhanced paperback edition with a new Introduction and never-before- seen photos!
In this New York Times bestseller, international superstar Ricky Martin, who has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, opens up for the first time about memories of his early childhood, experiences in the famed boy band Menudo, struggles with his identity during the Livin' la Vida Loca phenomenon, reflections on coming to terms with his sexuality, relationships that allowed him to embrace love, and life-changing decisions like devoting himself to helping children around the world, and becoming a father. Me is an intimate memoir about the very liberating and spiritual journey of one of the most iconic pop-stars of our time.
« Il arrive un moment dans la vie où nous sommes contraints de regarder en arrière et de réfléchir à la vie que nous avons menée. Si autrefois je pensais que je devais à tout prix cacher ma vie privée et l´ essence même de ce que je suis, j´ai aujourd´hui l´intime conviction que je ne pourrai être heureux que si je vis ma vie librement, sans redouter la réaction des autres, sans me cacher. » Devenu une star dès son adolescence, Ricky Martin a très tôt tracé une frontière nette entre sa vie privée et sa vie d´artiste aux 60 millions d´albums vendus. Aujourd´hui, il décide de se mettre à nu. Avec honnêteté et simplicité, il raconte son enfance, sa famille, la célébrité et ses revers. Mais surtout, il dévoile le véritable Ricky : les voyages en Inde qui l´ont profondément marqué, son homosexualité et le bonheur d´être père. L´histoire de Ricky, c´est celle d´un garçon que les difficultés de sa vie et les rencontres heureuses ont transformé en un homme simple et sincère. L´autobiographie vérité de Ricky Martin.
This open access book collects ten essays that look at intra-regional migration in the Southern Balkans from the late Ottoman period to the present. It examines forced as well as voluntary migrations and places these movements within their historical context, including ethnic cleansing, population exchanges, and demographic engineering in the service of nation-building as well as more recent labor migration due to globalization.Inside, readers will find the work of international experts that cuts across national and disciplinary lines. This cross-cultural, comparative approach fully captures the complexity of this highly fractured, yet interconnected, region.Coverage explores the role of population exchanges in the process of nation-building and irredentist policies in interwar Bulgaria, the story of Thracian refugees and their organizations in Bulgaria, the changing waves of migration from the Balkans to Turkey, Albanian immigrants in Greece, and the diminished importance of ethnic migration after the 1990s. In addition, the collection looks at such under-researched aspects of migration as memory, gender, and religion.The field of migration studies in the Southern Balkans is still fragmented along national and disciplinary lines. Moreover, the study of forced and voluntary migrations is often separate with few interconnections. The essays collected in this book bring these different traditions together. This complete portrait will help readers gain deep insight and better understanding into the diverse migration flows and intercultural exchanges that have occurred in the Southern Balkans in the last two centuries.