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In search of Europe

Four new books demonstrate European literature’s new schism, says Julian Evans. Since 1989, the centre of gravity has moved east, to the poor lands of the former Soviet domain

By Julian Evans   November 2011

New writing from the east side of the old Berlin Wall makes the west look complacent

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (Harvill Secker, £20)

From Germany to Germany by Günter Grass (Harvill Secker, £14.99)

Parallel Stories by Péter Nádas (Jonathan Cape, £35)

On the Road to Babadag by Andrzej Stasiuk (Harvill Secker, £14.99)

In the last two decades, the European literary landscape has been redrawn. The rush of most former communist states to join the European Union has rehabilitated a European consciousness that no longer comes to a dead end east of Potsdamer Platz and south of the Karawanken…

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