Per lei la belva è solitudine. La sua carezza è la carezza che si fa al cane o al tronco d'albero. Ma, straniero, lei mi guarda, mi guarda, e nella tunica breve è una magra ragazza, come tu forse ne hai vedute al tuo paese. Cesare Pavese.
Penguin has in the last few years published a number of very readable books on European history, four examples of which are shown here. I’m on an active quest to mow through them, and can so far warmly recommend what I’ve seen of these breath-takingly epic, detailed, erudite and exciting page-turners.
I think it’s a very commendable enterprise by Penguin, to give us these books that allow for a historical understanding of Europe that takes on the excitingly intermeshed history of this little continent considered as the integrated and complex whole that it actually is, rather than to stare myopically on a single country.