Europe Central by William T. Vollmann
Europe Central takes place in central Europe in the 20th century, examines a vast array of characters, ranging from generals to martyrs, officers to poets, traitors to artists and musicians. It deals with the moral decisions made by people in the most testing of times and offering a bold and mesmerizing perspective on human actions during wartime. Vollmann makes use of many historical figures as characters including composer Dmitri Shostakovich, artist Kathe Kollwitz, film director Roman Karmen, poet Anna Akhmatova, SS officer Kurt Gerstein, as well as German general Friedrich Paulus and Soviet general Andrey Vlasov.
The 1049th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 23rd on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
- - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)