Europe Central

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Penguin, Nov 14, 2005 - Fiction - 832 pages
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A daring literary masterpiece and winner of the National Book Award. 

In this magnificent work of fiction, acclaimed author William T. Vollmann turns his trenchant eye on the authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR in the twentieth century to render a mesmerizing perspective on human experience during wartime. Through interwoven narratives that paint a composite portrait of these two battling leviathans and the monstrous age they defined, Europe Central captures a chorus of voices both real and fictional— a young German who joins the SS to fight its crimes, two generals who collaborate with the enemy for different reasons, the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich and the Stalinist assaults upon his work and life.
 

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User Review  - librarianbryan - LibraryThing

Some folks enjoy light reading in summer, but I save those extra daylight hours for the heavies. I’d been dying to read William T. Vollmann’s massive cold war epic Europe Central since it won the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lapsus16 - LibraryThing

Good book, good writing, engaging story, absurd political stance. Enough of Shostakovich as a victim of Stalin, there are tens of books written on this, all while people forget that at the same time ... Read full review

Contents

SECOND FRONT OPERATION
HANDS ZOYA
LAST FIELDMARSHAL OPERATION
WHITE OPERATION
FAR
MAIDEN
VOYAGE WHEN
AKABBALISTIC TALE MOBILIZATION
HAVE SHUT THE DANUBES GATES ELENAS
STEEL
VIEW
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William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollman's writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California.

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