Europe Central

By William T. Vollmann
Read by Ralph Cosham

31.78 Hours 01/01/2008 unabridged
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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. The result is a daring and mesmerizing perspective on human actions during wartime. 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 reveal its secrets and stop its crimes, two generals who collaborate with the enemy for different reasons and with different results, the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich laboring under Stalinist oppression. This last story is perhaps Vollmann’s signature accomplishment in this volume. Also explored are the fates of artists and poets ranging from Käthe Kollwitz and Anna Akhmatova to Marina Tsvetaeva and Van Cliburn.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction

A 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

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. The result is a daring and mesmerizing perspective on human actions during wartime.

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 reveal its secrets and stop its crimes, two generals who collaborate with the enemy for different reasons and with different results, the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich laboring under Stalinist oppression. This last story is perhaps Vollmann’s signature accomplishment in this volume. Also explored are the fates of artists and poets ranging from Käthe Kollwitz and Anna Akhmatova to Marina Tsvetaeva and Van Cliburn.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Few American writers infuse their writing with similar urgency.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] nuanced reading…[Cosham has] a voice that is both intimate and distant, which he uses to excellent effect…stunning and otherworldly…atmospheric.” AudioFile
“Vollmann opens new portals onto a genocidal war never to be forgotten and illuminates both the misery and beauty human beings engender.” Booklist
“Europe Central may be his best novel ever.” Washington Post

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Author

Author Bio: William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollman is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 1996 story collection, The Atlas, won the PEN Center USA/West Award and he was the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award in 1988. Vollmann’s journalism has been published in the New YorkerEsquireHarpersGrantaGrand Street, and Outside magazine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 31.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English