In Europe (eBook)
In Europe (eBook)
From the First World War to the waning days of the Cold War, a poignant exploration on what it means to be European at the end of the twentieth-century. Geert Mak crisscrosses Europe from Verdun to Berlin, Saint Petersburg to Srebrenica in search of evidence and witnesses of the last hundred years of Europe. Using his skills as an acclaimed journalist, Mak locates the smaller, personal stories within the epic arc of history-talking to a former ticket-taker at the gates of the Birkenau concentration camp or noting the neat rows of tiny shoes in the abandoned nursery school in the shadow of Chernobyl. His unique approach makes the reader an eyewitness to a half-forgotten past, full of unknown peculiarities, sudden insights and touching encounters. Sweeping in scale, but intimate in detail In Europe is a masterpiece.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Geert Mak is among the most popular writers in the Netherlands, author of numerous bestselling books of non-fiction. He lives in Amsterdam.
Praise for In Europe…
"Twentieth-century history is sober business, yet In Europe is practically effervescent in its evocation of detail. Mak doesn't write about Auschwitz and the ethnically cleansed alleys of Srebrenica so much as personally lead you among the concrete walls of these places that have shaped our self-awareness."
--Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World
"Fascinating, informative, sometimes exhilarating, often painful, and quite impossible to summarise... A wonderfully rich journey through time and space, packed with vivid images, enlivened by conversations and stories."
--The Literary Review
"A people's history that does not shy away from the bigger questions posed in the wake of two world wars... The real achievement here is not the unearthing of these nuggets of anecdotal history but the skill with which Mak sets them in context."
"A formidable achievement."
"Geert Mak is Europe's portrait-painter, its impressionist, its poet-musician, the reader of its people's minds. Pray, read his book!"
--John Lucas, author of June 1941: Hitler and Stalin
"It's impossible not to get drawn into this book.
--The Sunday Telegraph