Between East And West
Across The Borderlands Of Europe
For a thousand years, the geography of Europe's borderlands had dictated their destiny. East of Poland, west of Russia, the region had always been defined by colliding empires. In 1991, however, when a young Anne Applebaum travelled the region as it emerged from long years of Soviet rule, the identity of individual nations was beginning to take shape.
Travelling through Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, from Kalingrad on the Baltic to Odessa on the Black Sea, Applebaum discovered a wide range of competing culture, religions and nationalisms. Rich in surprising encounters and vivid characters, Between East and West illuminates the soul of the borderlands and the shaping power of the past through the experiences of their people.
Praise for Between East And West
In this superb book, in which one senses the spirit of Franz Kafka and Bruno Schulz, the dramatic world of the Eastern borderlands comes to lifeRyszard Kapuscinski
A vivid and penetrating assessment of the lands between the Baltic and the Black Sea in all their drama and desolation . . . A wise and useful bookRobert Conquest
Between East and West combines the excitement of a well-written and adventurous travelogue with sophisticated reportage about one of Europe's least-known regionsNorman Davies
A beautifully written and thought-provoking account of a journey along Europe's forgotten edgeTimothy Garton Ash