Europe Central

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Alma Books, 2007 - Germany - 811 pages
28 Reviews
In this magnificent work of fiction, William T. Vollmann turns his trenchant eye to the authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR in the twentieth century. Assembling a composite portrait of these two warring leviathans and the terrible age they defined, the narrative intertwines experiences both real and fictional?a young German who joins the SS to expose its crimes, two generals who collaborate with the enemy for different reasons, the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich laboring under Stalinist oppression. Through these and other lives, Vollmann offers a daring and mesmerizing perspective on human actions during wartime.

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User Review  - Geoff - Goodreads

”All magic spells fail without belief. We enforced belief.” ~~ Europe Central is another monstrous book from Vollmann; monstrous in size, content, language, implications, critique of humanity, world ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

4.8 Monster novels do not always get monster reviews. This was a tremendous novel whose themes stretched from Totalitarian Regimes,and the horrifying theatricality of war to the immortality of art. In ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Journalist and novelist William T. Vollmann was born in 1959 and educated at Cornell University. He worked as a comptuer programmer before becoming a journalist and covering Bosnia, Sarajevo and Afghanistan. He has written extensively since 1987, when his first book, You Bright and Risen Angels, was published. The Atlas (1996) won the PEN Center USA West Award for the best novel by a writer living west of the Mississippi. His newest work of Non-Fiction is entitled, Imperial.

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