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The Good European: Essays and Arguments

Length: 244 pages6 hours


Thrown into a deep identity crisis by Bismarck's victories against the French in 1870, Alsace's divided loyalties have affected the nature of Europe itself. In this authoritative new discussion, Iain Bamforth reports from 15 years of travel, taking him from Berlin, when the wall fell in 1989, to Strasburg—the heart of aboriginal Europe. With his ear attuned to the complexities of culture and politics, Bamforth attempts to discover Europe through extra-diplomatic channels, offering essays on writers and thinkers who have done much to define the small archipelago on the edge of Asia. Classic writers such as Kleist, Kafka, and WG Sebald, as well as more offbeat characters like Alsatian humorist Tomi Ungerer, are included.

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