Language, Politics and Writing: Stolentelling in Western Europe

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Language, Politics and Writing demonstrates the links and parallels between literature and politics in Western Europe. Patrick McCarthy looks at the history of the twentieth century by wedding together literary and political events and texts, and examines the ways in which they interact and influence each other. Refreshingly free of jargon, this book interweaves literary, aesthetic, mass media, political and historical themes. McCarthy provides readers with an intellectual commentary on the persistent cultural traditions in European nations, highlighting the fact that these traditions have been enriched by the “dialogue” of regional integration. An expert on the culture of Western Europe, McCarthy highlights particular points in the political history of Western Europe and analyzes a writer or work from the same period to illustrate compelling connections between literature and politics.

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Patrick McCarthy is Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center. He was Professor of European Studies at JHU, Bologna. He is the author of many books including The Crisis of the Italian State and France-Germany in the Twenty-First Century.

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"Elegant and allusive..."--Christopher Hitchens, Foreign Policy
"...dazzling collection of essays on literature and politics...McCarthy offers perceptive commentary..."--Stanley Hoffman, Foreign Affairs

Praise for McCarthy's Crisis of the Italian State:. . .detailed and persuasive. . . -- --The New York Review of Books
. . .[a] fine essay on the sins of contemporary Italian statecraft. . . -- --The Economist
[An] excellent and prescient new book. -- --Christopher Hitchens, The Nation
Learned and thought-provoking. -- --Stanley Hoffman, Foreign Affairs

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