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42. Nikolaidis, The Son, trans. by Will Firth (2006; London: Istros Books, 2013), p. 78; ├Ľnnepalu (Emil Tode), 'Europe, a Blot of Ink', in Keller and Rakusa, eds, Writing Europe, p. 305. As a Czech diplomat lamented, '[w] hat can we do?

The Novel and Europe

This book examines the ways in which fiction has addressed the continent since the Second World War. Drawing on novelists from Europe and elsewhere, the volume analyzes the literary response to seven dominant concerns (ideas of Europe, conflict, borders, empire, unification, migration, and marginalization), offering a ground-breaking study of how modern and contemporary writers have participated in the European debate. The sixteen essays view the chosen writers, not as representatives of national literatures, but as participants in transcontinental discussion that has occurred across borders, cultures, and languages. In doing so, the contributors raise questions about the forms of power operating across and radiating from Europe, challenging both the institutionalized divisions of the Cold War and the triumphalist narrative of continental unity currently being written in Brussels.

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