Forgotten Land : Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia Paperback
by Max Egremont
East Prussia is no longer on any map, though it was once a thriving land, famously military, deeply forested, artistically fertile, and the birthplace of Immanuel Kant.
As the scene of Stalin's `terrible revenge' it came to embody the turbulence of the twentieth century, was carved up between Poland and the USSR after World War II - and passed abruptly into history.
Embarking on a remarkable journey through landscape and memory, Max Egremont has woven the stories of ghosts and survivors into an evocative and deeply moving meditation on identity and the passing of time. `East Prussia's successful evocation demands both the mind of a poet who can delineate the scale of human loss, and the imagination of an historian who knows how to count the cost.
Forgotten Land, a work of consummate artistry, blends both capacities to rare effect' Spectator `Changing frontiers, blurred racial identities, shifting allegiances and the mass movement of people - this a story for our time' New Statesman `Illuminating.
A literary map to a beguiling hidden enclave of Europe' Metro `Egremont's compelling tale exploits his boundless intellectual curiosity, mastery of German and eye for whimsy as well as tragedy.
The book's canvas is remarkable. Fascinating reading' Max Hastings, Sunday Times
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/04/2012
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780330456609
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