Reading is living. It is as simple as that.
“Thinking the Twentieth Century” by Tony Judt (with Timothy Snyder) “it is not a book about struggle, it is a book about the life of the mind, and about the mindful life”.
There is no doubt that the 20th Century was a turbulent one. A century that generated a battle of ideas. Good and evil ones. It was a determining century for Europe which from disintegration started its process of integration. In this book Judt captures the intensity of this period.
Even though this is a book about the past, it speaks volumes about the present and the future. As Judt unfolds his ideas in this book, which is very much informed by his own life and intellectual experience, he introduces new ways of thinking about the twentieth century. About the moral impetus for a Europe, for a world, that can resist intolerance, racism, fear. Through Judt’s ideas we become aware of our obligations today. Because, yet again, we are at historical juncture for Europe and the world.
Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management