Reviews of Books

The long journey from Wroclaw to Breslau

Saturday 25 January 2003 The Guardian, Nicholas Lezard
Microcosm
But it is important for us to read this book - and, indeed, something of a surprise that it has been written by Britons. No one seems to have noticed that the awakening of historical interest in this country - all our goggling at the admittedly riveting Schama, or the smug self-congratulation of Ferguson - is of a shamelessly parochial nature. It's all Brits, Brits, Brits, and no one seems to know or care anything about Europe. (One of the nicest minor aspects of the book is that Polish and German poetry is quoted in the original as well as in translation, showing remarkable good faith in the cosmopolitanism of the readership.)

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