Nexus Library

The Idea of Europe

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

Nederlandse vertaling is hier beschikbaar.

The fact that George Steiner, more than anyone else, was 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’.

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.


“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.”
— Spiked

“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


France, 1929 - 2020

George Steiner

cultural philosopher