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In the Greece of the East

Author: 

Stefan Weidner

Charlotte Collins (translator)

The author of this fascinating book is a German who travels to Lviv, in Ukraine, to try to understand its history, and specifically how World War II changed it and by extension the rest of the region. He makes his trip with a copy of the writing of an earlier German visitor to the city, then called Lemberg. The result is part travelogue, part history, and part personal meditation. It is well-written and an enjoyable read. It occasionally references history that is probably not familiar to most Americans, but that never interfered with my enjoyment of the book: it felt like a comfortable stretch of my knowledge and world view.

Favorite Thing: 
The window into the history of a part of the world I don't know much about.
In the Greece of the East book cover
Book Length: 
Shorter
Part of Series: 
Not part of a series
Stand Alone: 
Yes
Stickiness: 
Moderate
Disclosures: 
None