Patrik Ouředník

Europeana. A Brief History of the Twentieth Century

Trans. Michael Stavarič
Europeana. Eine kurze Geschichte Europas im 20. Jahrhundert
Europeana. Eine kurze Geschichte Europas im 20. Jahrhundert
Czernin Verlag, 2003, 144 pp
Language: German
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: 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: Een zeer korte geschiedenis van de twintigste eeuw Dutch

Europeana: Une brève histoire du vingtième siècle French

Europeana – det tjuende århundrets historie i korte trekk Norwegian

Language: German
Title: Europeana. Eine kurze Geschichte Europas im 20. Jahrhundert
Place: Wien
Publisher: Czernin Verlag
Year: 2003
Pages: 144
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
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