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Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe (Paperback)
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Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 19/03/2020
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Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2020

'A thought-provoking treatise interwoven with blistered-feet-on-the-ground accounts of spots both pretty and gritty' National Geographic


'Compelling, thought-provoking, and courageous, this epic-poetic journey peels back layers of collective emotional and imaginative inheritance. Jubber gets under the skin of our complicated continent and his timing is dead right' Kapka Kassabova

'A genuine epic' Wanderlust

'The prose is colourful and vigorous...Jubber's journeying has indeed been epic, in scale and ambition. In this thoughtful travelogue he has woven together colourful ancient and modern threads into a European tapestry that combines the sombre and the sparkling' Spectator

'Epic Continent sets out on a physical and mythological journey to uncover what it means to be European' Geographical

These are the stories that made Europe.

Reaching back into the ancient and medieval eras in which these defining works were produced, and investigating their continuing influence today, Epic Continent explores how matters of honour, fundamentalism, fate, nationhood, sex, class and politics have preoccupied the people of Europe across the millennia. In these tales soaked in blood and fire, Nicholas Jubber discovers how the world of gods and emperors, dragons and water maidens, knights and princesses made our own: their deep impact on European identity, and their resonance in our turbulent times.

Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent's most enduring epic poems to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they have since shaped us.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473665804
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A fascinating, page-turning exploration of the stories, identity and the root of the European self. A must read for anyone interested in where we come from and where we may be going -- Jason Webster
Compelling, thought-provoking, and courageous, this epic-poetic journey peels back layers of collective emotional and imaginative inheritance. Jubber gets under the skin of our complicated continent and his timing is dead right * Kapka Kassabova *
In the great literary tradition of writers like Jan Morris and Patrick Leigh Fermour, Jubber has a deep knowledge of the epics whose narratives and journeys he follows * The New European *
An original and thoroughly absorbing book by a travel writer of immense ability * The New European *
Epic continent is an Odyssey on its own, which travels both in space and time . . . Nick Jubber gets to the old heart of a still-troubled continent * Professor Tom Shippey *
Brings out the many ironies of literary and political history ... and show[s] that the past is still with us all * TLS *
A timely study of how epic can sadly harden frontiers and justify violence, while retaining the more hopeful possibility of re-invention to prompt dialogue and shape new communities of song -- Peter Davidson * author of The Idea of the North *
Epic Continent sets out on a physical and mythological journey to uncover what it means to be European * Geographical *
Compelling, thought-provoking, and courageous, this epic-poetic journey peels back layers of collective emotional and imaginative inheritance. Jubber gets under the skin of our complicated continent and his timing is dead right * Kapka Kassabova *

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“Great read for any passionate European”

A masterpiece! A great read with so much to say. The tales and journey is used as a lens to understand Europe and Europeans today - its amazing mix of cultures along with murkier issues like nationalism and refugee... More

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