Travels Through the Twentieth CenturyBook - 2007 | 1st American ed
"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."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
Branch Call Number: 940.5 MAK
Characteristics: xvi, 876 p. : maps ; 25 cm