Europe Central - William Vollmann

Staff Pick
This National Book Award-winner focuses on life in the USSR and Nazi Germany in the buildup to and during World War II. Vollman’s depiction of the war is unflinchingly honest: it’s a clash of totalitarian regimes where, in one of the grand metaphors of the book, whether in Germany or Russia, people are slaves to the same telephone lines that snake across the continent and bark out sinister orders. The book’s paired chapters, split between the German and Soviet sides, depict the efforts of the protagonists (usually real-life historical figures) to grapple with the absurd moral choices they face. Like Dmitry Shostakovich’s Opus 110, this book is a majestic, sanguinary, elaborately constructed homage to those who perished or struggled to survive in the lands of Central and Eastern Europe where World War II was fought.
Europe Central: National Book Award Winner By William T. Vollmann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143036593
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Published: Penguin Books - November 14th, 2005