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‘Somewhere in-between is the truth. Somewhere in-between is the story, or at least the European story.’
‘It was also mainly Viennese Jews who, between 6 May and 10 October 1942, were murdered in Maly Trostinets. Tens of thousands of Jews from elsewhere died there too, together with Soviet soldiers, Belarusian citizens, both Jewish and Christian, and partisans.’
Tom McCarthy | On Europe
‘Like theatre itself, Europe is a contraption, a machine.’
Our Home Is Mortal Too
Katherine Angel on Stromae and Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium.
Alicja Gescinska | On Europe
‘Europe has proved to be at its best when it embraced unity in diversity.’
We Do Not Know Each Other
‘Is that what family is for? Helping you to understand what formed you?’
Ludmila Ulitskaya | On Europe
‘It seems clear to me that during the past ten years, Russia has reached the apex of its estrangement from Europe.’ Translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon.
On Being French and Chinese
‘We were trapped in a sort of double prison: by poverty in Europe, and by China and its expectations of us.’
Marie Darrieussecq | On Europe
‘There is a Europe of life and a Europe of death, on the mass graves of which we perpetuate a dream.’ Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale.
‘Was this an adventure or was I in trouble? At what point did one begin to shade into the other?’
Michael Hofmann | On Europe
‘For all its flimsiness, the cage takes itself terribly seriously, restricting access, glorying in the name of Fatherland.’
The Poetics of Trauma
Swedish poet and psychoanalyst Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson on trauma, silence and linguistic analysis of asylum seekers. Translated from the Swedish by Peter Graves.