In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century

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From the First World War to the waning days of the Cold War, a poignant exploration on what it means to be European at the end of the twentieth-century. Geert Mak crisscrosses Europe from Verdun to Berlin, Saint Petersburg to Srebrenica in search of evidence and witnesses of the last hundred years of Europe. Using his skills as an acclaimed journalist, Mak locates the smaller, personal stories within the epic arc of history-talking to a former ticket-taker at the gates of the Birkenau concentration camp or noting the neat rows of tiny shoes in the abandoned nursery school in the shadow of Chernobyl. His unique approach makes the reader an eyewitness to a half-forgotten past, full of unknown peculiarities, sudden insights and touching encounters. Sweeping in scale, but intimate in detail In Europe is a masterpiece.


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Geert Mak is one of The Netherlands' most popular writers. All his previous books became huge bestsellers: De engel van Amsterdam (The Angel of Amsterdam, 1992), Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam (Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City, 1994), Hoe God verdween uit Jorwerd (Jorwerd: The Death of the Village in late Twentieth-century Europe, 1996), and De eeuw van mijn vader (My Father's Century, 1999).


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Vintage
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Apr 22, 2009
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896
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9780307496096
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English
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History / Europe / General
History / Modern / 20th Century
Travel / Europe / General
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Das neue Buch von Geert Mak: die Brücke zwischen Abendland und Morgenland

Nach seinem Bestseller „In Europa“ widmet sich Geert Mak in seinem neuen Buch Geschichte und Gegenwart der Stadt Istanbul. Hier verläuft die Grenze zwischen Europa und Asien, hier berühren sich Orient und Okzident. Indem Mak die berühmte Galatabrücke überquert, macht er sich auf die Suche nach dem Innersten der türkischen Metropole. Eine glänzende Schilderung von Vergangenheit und Gegenwart Istanbuls, der faszinierenden Stadt am Bosporus.

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In seinem Buch kommt Geert Mak, der große europäische Geschichtsschreiber und Reiseschriftsteller, mit den Straßenhändlern und Zigarettenjungen, den Teehändlern und flanierenden Touristen ins Gespräch. Er beschreitet die 484 Meter dieser Brücke und erzählt dabei auf seine unnachahmliche Art von kleinen Geschichten und großer Geschichte im wechselvollen Leben einer großartigen Stadt.

Eine Reise zu den Wurzeln des großen amerikanischen Traums

Geert Mak hat sich wieder auf den Weg gemacht. Der Bestsellerautor von »In Europa« ist quer durch die Landschaft, durch Geschichte und Gegenwart, ja durch die Köpfe und Herzen der USA gereist. Dabei trifft er unterschiedlichste Menschen, macht außergewöhnliche Beobachtungen und erzählt hinreißende Geschichten. Mit diesem Buch begibt sich Mak auf die Suche nach den Wurzeln des großen amerikanischen Traums und beschreibt die Mythen und das Selbstverständnis jenes Landes, das uns immer noch am meisten beschäftigt.

Was ist aus dem amerikanischen Traum geworden, seit John Steinbeck 1960 die USA gemeinsam mit seinem berühmten Pudel Charley durchquert hat? Dieser Frage folgt der international bekannte Publizist Geert Mak und macht sich dafür selbst auf den Weg durch die Vereinigten Staaten, fernab ausgetrampelter Pfade, quer durch ein Land, das er liebt und zugleich kritisch betrachtet. Meile um Meile dringt er tiefer in das Land und seine Mythen, sein Selbstverständnis, seine Großartigkeit und Zerrissenheit vor. Seine Reise führt ihn von den großen Ostküstenstädten über die Kartoffelacker des Hinterlandes und die Prärie des mittleren Westens bis zum Pazifik. Er trifft Menschen – setzt sich an einen Tisch mit dem Farmer, dem Fabrikarbeiter, dem Fischer, dem Lehrer. Er streift durch die riesigen Malls und die Vororte, und er sucht nach den Wurzeln des Landes, das sich radikal verändert und doch den Glauben an den amerikanischen Traum bewahrt hat.

Europa erfahren – Geert Mak auf den Spuren des 20. Jahrhunderts

Geert Mak, der große Erzähler unter den Historikern unserer Zeit, legt mit diesem Buch sein bisheriges Hauptwerk vor. Seine Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts ist als ein Reisebericht angelegt und versteht sich als eine Bestandsaufnahme Europas am Ende eines katastrophenreichen Jahrhunderts. Mak sucht die Orte auf, an denen die Geschichte in besonderer Weise Spuren hinterlassen hat. Ein kluges und bewegendes Buch, das uns zu Augenzeugen des letzten Jahrhunderts macht.

Für dieses Buch ist Geert Mak ein Jahr lang kreuz und quer durch Europa gereist. In jedem Monat seiner Reise nimmt sich Mak einen weiteren Abschnitt des 20. Jahrhunderts vor. Im Januar besucht er Paris, wo das 20. Jahrhundert mit der großen Weltausstellung seinen optimistischen Anfang nahm. Im Dezember befinden wir uns in den Ruinen Sarajewos, die das Ende des blutigen Jahrhunderts markieren.
Mak liest die Spuren, die das 20. Jahrhundert auf unserem Kontinent hinterlassen hat, er begibt sich auf die Suche nach der Befindlichkeit Europas, wie sie an historischen Erinnerungsorten und in den Geschichten von Menschen zum Vorschein kommt. Dabei wird erkennbar, in welcher Weise die Vergangenheit unsere Gegenwart prägt, wie sie uns Europäer verbindet, vielfach aber auch trennt.
Mak versteht es wie kein anderer, der Geschichte Europas im 20. Jahrhundert ein Gesicht zu geben, sie in zahllosen Details sichtbar, fühlbar, sinnlich wahrnehmbar zu machen. Auf seiner Reise sprach Mak mit Schriftstellern und Politikern, mit Dissidenten und hochrangigen Offizieren, mit einem Bauern aus den Pyrenäen und mit dem Enkel des letzten deutschen Kaisers sowie mit zahlreichen anderen Europäern, die ihm ihre Erfahrungen und Erinnerungen anvertraut haben.


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