Jorwerd: The Death of the Village in Late 20th Century Europe
ISBN 10: 1860468039 / 1-86046-803-9
ISBN 13: 9781860468032
Publisher: Harvill Press
Publication Date: 2001
Born in Friesland himself, Geert Mak has returned to his roots to explore the "silent revolution" that took place in the small village of Jorwerd, Friesland, after World War II. He lived in Jorwerd for six months, gathering the personal stories of Jorwerters past and present, many of whom were born, lived and died there. By interweaving their colourful stories with the wider history of Europe, Mak provides an unsentimental portrayal of the pleasures and the hardships of living in the country, while illustrating at the same time how rural life everywhere is under threat from the modern world.
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