Patrik Ouředník

Europeana. A Brief History of the Twentieth Century

Trans. Edgar de Bruin
Europeana: Een zeer korte geschiedenis van de twintigste eeuw
Europeana: Een zeer korte geschiedenis van de twintigste eeuw
IJzer, 2012, 159 pp
Language: Dutch
Genre: Prose
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Patrik Ouředník’s novel is a unique version of the history of the twentieth century. Told in an informal, mesmerizing voice, Ouředník represents the twentieth century in all its contradictions and grand illusions, demonstrating that nothing substantial has changed between 1900 and 1999 – humanity is still hopeful for the future and still mired in age-old conflicts. As he demonstrates that nothing can be reduced to a single, “true” viewpoint Ouředník mixes hard facts and idiosyncratic observations, highlighting the horror and absurdity of the twentieth century and the further absurdity of attempting to narrate this history.

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Europeana

Other selected published translations (9)

Europeana. Eine kurze Geschichte Europas im 20. Jahrhundert German

Europeana: Zwiezla historia XX wieku Polish

Europeana: Una breve historia del siglo XX Spanish

Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century English

Europeana: Kortfattad historia om nittonhundratalet Swedish

Европеана: Краткя история двадцатого века Russian

Europeana: Breve storia del XX secolo Italian

Europeana: Une brève histoire du vingtième siècle French

Europeana – det tjuende århundrets historie i korte trekk Norwegian

Language: Dutch
Title: Europeana: Een zeer korte geschiedenis van de twintigste eeuw
Publisher: IJzer
Year: 2012
Pages: 159
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Pluh