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22. Greece

“Adults in the Room” by Yanis Varoufakis This reading list wouldn’t feel complete without a book on the financial crisis, specifically the eurozone crisis, which engulfed Europe from roughly 2010 onwards.  While the tumult and fury of those days are somewhat forgotten amongst everything that has happened since, the EU will no doubt be judged … Continue reading 22. Greece

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9. Germany I

"Rosa Luxemburg" - Karl Frohlich .  “Social Reform or Revolution”, “Organisational Questions of Russian Social Democracy” Rosa Luxemburg from “The Rosa Luxemburg Reader” eds. Peter Hudis and Kevin B. Anderson. Putting together this reading list I was quite intimidated by Germany, a country I have both studied and feel like I barely know.  At the … Continue reading 9. Germany I

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8. Denmark

"LUCKY PER (LYKKE PER)" - Henrik Pontippidan. Translator Naomi Lebowitz. I awarded this 4 stars on my Goodreads review.  4 stars grudgingly given, drawn out of me as Per’s long, frustrating quest for self-knowledge was dragged out of him.  This is a coming-of-age tale scandi-noir style; the antithesis of every Hollywood movie, laced with Northern … Continue reading 8. Denmark

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4. Czech Republic

"The Good Soldier Svejk" - Jaroslav Hasek. Translated by Cecil Parrott. Most compare the Good Soldier Svejk to Catch 22 (Joseph Heller) and they are not wrong: it is a riotous and ridiculous send up of war and military pretensions.  Starting with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, we follow ordinary Private Svejk through various … Continue reading 4. Czech Republic

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3. Belgium

"War and Turpentine" - Stefan Hertmans. Translated from Flemish: David McKay This was a sweet, nicely written account of one man's life, Hertmans' Grandfather - Urbain - based on, inspired by and transcribed from Urbain's memoirs, feverishly written at the end of his life and entrusted to Hertmans for publication.  Hertmans' narrative goes further than … Continue reading 3. Belgium