Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century

Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century Review

Told in an informal, mesmerizing voice, Ouredník 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, Ouredník 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.

Title:Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century
Edition Language:English

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  • Riku Sayuj

    It is hard to put a finger on what this book tries to do but it does something important. It narrates history in a detached way without giving any undue importance to the 'major' events. It is one of ...

  • Justin Evans

    Most 'experimental' literature fails, just as most scientific experiments fail to produce important data, and most experiments in the kitchen or even bedroom fail to spice up one's life. This doesn't ...

  • Hadrian

    Short, strange, rambling, horribly depressing look at the 20th century. Fads, statistics, efficiency, religion, better worlds, genocide, human perfection, sexuality, dying languages, industrialization...

  • Joshua

    One of Raymond Federman's favorites:MT: Who is your favourite writer/book? What is the best thing you have read recently?RF: Beside Beckett, a whole list – Italo Calvino, John Coetzee, Céline, Prou...

  • Jeremy

    I wanted to love this. I really did. A detached voice recounting the horrors of the first half of the 20th century is like, my literary bread and butter. While Ourednik's style is delightfully informa...

  • Jonathan

    Conclusion: Human beings are ridiculous creatures. ...

  • Living Belowtheclouds

    This is one of my favorite books ever. I recommend it. It is frenetic and I find humor in it. It makes me think about life and about human stupidity...

  • MJ Nicholls

    I'm not as drivellingly crazy about this as most Goodreaders seem to be, but it is a funny and horrifying little mini-history using Czech irony (such a thing exists) to make its impact.The history isn...

  • Jason

    To think of this as a novel is probably a mistake. It's closer to a lyric essay, told in sections that explain in a detached voice (and therefore sometimes trivializes) the key events and ideologies o...

  • Mark Broadhead

    Europeana's subtitle is "A Brief History of the Twentieth Century". Not brief enough, I'd say. I didn't see the point of this experiment, other than to make Ourednik get up to speed on the last hundre...