Book Title: Forgotten Land : Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia
Author: Peter B Clark
Format: Paperback | 368 pages
Publication Date: 12 Apr 2012
East Prussia is no longer on any map, though it was once a thriving land, famously military, deeply forested, artistically fertile, and the birthplace of Immanuel Kant.
As the scene of Stalin's `terrible revenge' it came to embody the turbulence of the twentieth century, was carved up between Poland and the USSR after World War II - and passed abruptly into history. Embarking on a remarkable journey through landscape and memory, Max Egremont has woven the stories of ghosts and survivors into an evocative and deeply moving meditation on identity and the passing of time.
`East Prussia's successful evocation demands both the mind of a poet who can delineate the scale of human loss, and the imagination of an historian who knows how to count the cost. Forgotten Land, a work of consummate artistry, blends both capacities to rare effect' Spectator
`Changing frontiers, blurred racial identities, shifting allegiances and the mass movement of people - this a story for our time' New Statesman
`Illuminating. A literary map to a beguiling hidden enclave of Europe' Metro
`Egremont's compelling tale exploits his boundless intellectual curiosity, mastery of German and eye for whimsy as well as tragedy. The book's canvas is remarkable. Fascinating reading' Max Hastings, Sunday Times