A history of Europe like you’ve never read before.
“For some time now, Europe seems to have forgotten it is the child of epos and utopia. Withered and parched, distant and disincarnated, unable to remind its citizens of its origins, it often inspires nothing but disenchanted ennui. And yet its history is in constant ferment. So much fire and death, but also so much invention, and so much art. Literature, perhaps, can remind us the European narrative is one of strength, verve, fervour, anger and joy. Words, perhaps, can return to the heart of that narrative the conviction and passion without which nothing can ever be accomplished.”
From the industrial revolution through two world wars and to the birth of the European Union, Our Europe sets in free verse the story of 150 years of growth, confrontation, hope, defeat and passion. Our Europe is a heartfelt appeal to bring into being a Europe that celebrates difference, solidarity, and freedom.
Laurent Gaudé is a French novelist and playwright. After being nominated for the 2002 Prix Concourt with The Death of King Tsongor, he won the award in 2004 for his novel The Sun of the Scorta.