In Europe

In Europe

Travels Through the Twentieth Century

Book - 2007
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Geert Mak spent the year of 1999 criss-crossing the continent, tracing the history of Europe from Verdun to Berlin, Saint Petersburg to Auschwitz, Kiev to Srebrenica. He set off in search of evidence and witnesses, looking to define the condition of Europe at the verge of a new millennium. The result is mesmerizing: Mak’s rare double talent as a sharp-eyed journalist and a hugely imaginative historian makes In Europe a dazzling account of that journey, full of diaries, newspaper reports and memoirs, and the voices of prominent figures and unknown players; from the grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II to Adrinana Warno in Poland, with her job at the gates of the camp at Birkenau.

But Mak is above all an observer. He describes what he sees at places that have become Europe’s wellsprings of memory, where history is written into the landscape. At Ypres, he hears the blast of munitions from the Great War that are still detonated there twice a day. In Warsaw, he finds the point where the tram rails that led to the Jewish ghetto come to a dead end in a city park. And in an abandoned nursery school near Chernobyl, where tiny pairs of shoes still stand in neat rows, he is transported back to the moment time stood still in the dying days of the Soviet Union.

Mak combines the larger story of twentieth-century Europe with details that give it a face, a taste and a smell. His unique approach makes the reader an eyewitness to a half-forgotten past, full of unknown peculiarities, sudden insights and touching encounters. In Europe is a masterpiece; it reads like the epic novel of Europe’s most extraordinary century.

Baker & Taylor
A Dutch journalist crisscrosses Europe in search of the evidence of and eyewitnesses to the turbulent events of the twentieth century, drawing on interviews, diaries, newpaper reports, and other sources to explore the people and places that transformed Europe.

Blackwell North Amer
Geert Mak spent 1999 crisscrossing Europe, tracing the history of the continent from Verdun to Berlin, from Saint Petersburg to Auschwitz, from Kiev to Srebrenica. He set off in search of evidence and witnesses, looking to define the condition of Europe on the cusp of a new millennium. The result is mesmerizing: Mak's rare double talent as a sharp-eyed journalist and a hugely imaginative historian makes In Europe a dazzling account of that journey, full of diaries, newspaper reports, and memoirs, and the voices of prominent figures and unknown players - from a grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II to Adriana Warno, the eighteen-year-old ticket taker at the gate of the Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
But Mak is above all an observer. He describes what he sees in places that have become Europe's wellsprings of memory, where history is written into the landscape. At Ypres, he hears the blast of munitions from the First World War that are still detonated twice a day. In Warsaw, he finds the point where the tram rails that led to the Jewish ghetto come to a dead end in a city park. And in an abandoned nursery school near Chernobyl, where tiny pairs of shoes still stand in neat rows, he is transported back to the moment time stood still in the dying days of the Soviet Union.

Baker
& Taylor

A Dutch journalist crisscrosses Europe in search of the evidence of and eyewitnesses to the turbulent events of the twentieth century, drawing on personal interviews, diaries, newpaper reports, memoirs, and other sources to explore the people and places that transformed the face of Europe. 17,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780375424953
0375424954
Branch Call Number: 940.5 M289i
Characteristics: xvi, 876 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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