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The Idea of Europe

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Nexus Library, volume IV, hardcover edition, preface by Rob Riemen

The fact that George Steiner, more than anyone else, is at home in European culture – which spans centuries, and is essentially cosmopolitan – was reason enough to invite him for the Nexus Lecture. But there is another reason. As a true Lecturer in the Humanities, Steiner has the gift ‘to invite others into meaning’.

“Reading Steiner is a very stimulating experience. Even when I disagree with him. What’s important to me as a reader is not whether he is right or wrong, but the place to which he is taking me, and the intellectual progress of which he makes me part.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Europe has in Steiner one of its finest and most sophisticated advocates. This book speaks to you, in every sense.”

“In light of the recent troubles in Europe, Steiner turns out to be wise — perhaps even prophetic. It may well be that Europe, as Kundera would put it, ‘is elsewhere’. And Steiner points us in the right direction.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

In The Idea of Europe, George Steiner deals with topics in a way that makes them simpler than you would think, more important than you had thought, and as poetic as you would wish.”
The European Institute

“Europe is the place where Goethe’s garden almost borders on Buchenwald, where the house of Corneille abuts on the market-place in which Joan of Arc was hideously done to death.”

About the author

George Steiner

France, 1929 - 2020
George Steiner was one of the greatest European humanists of our times. Having fled the increasing anti-Semitic violence in Europe, he spent a large part of his youth in the United States. There, he studied linguistics and humanities, finishing his studies at Harvard and Oxford. He held professorships in the United States, England, Austria and Switzerland and wrote essays and literary criticism for publications such as The Guardian and The New Yorker. In his essays, he dealt with literature, ethics, social developments and radical evil. Among his large oeuvre, Language and Silence (1967), After Babel (1975) and Real Presences (1986) stand out. In 2011 The Poetry of Thought was published. The Nexus Institute published the highly influential lecture The Idea of Europe (2004) and Universitas? (2013). Im Raum der Stille: Lektüren (2010) is discussed in Nexus Review.