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Europe Central

William T. Vollmann - Author

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ISBN 9781101118191 | 832 pages | 14 Nov 2005 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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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.

His most welcoming book, possibly his best book. (The New York Times Book Review)

Vollmann asks us to put aside what we think we know of history and immerse ourselves in it once again. (The Boston Globe)

Europe Central may be his best novel ever. (The Washington Post)


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