Epic Continent

Out May 16th...

“Until recently I had assumed Europe was different, its history sterilised behind the orderly casings of its museums. But the last few years had eroded that certainty. Now, I wondered if a journey among the epics - the oldest, shaggiest, most dog-eared tales out there - could help me to understand what being European is all about...”

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    A journey

    from Turkey to Iceland in the shadow of Europe's most enduring epic tales. From the entrance to the Greek underworld to the barrows of Anglo-Saxon kings, from refugee camps to the workshops of storytellers to the haunts of warlords. From the origins of the First World War to the right-wing demagogues of 21st century European politics.

    This is a book about the relationship between the past and the present, and the complicated ways in which they continue to rub against each other.

    "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, author of Border

    "Astonishing... an excellent writer... All of Europe is here in the local and the displaced, making one vast epic story of its own." The New European

    Read my article about the legacy of Charlemagne for BBC History here.

    Read my article for the Irish Times about the legacy of Europe's epic tales here.

    Read my article in Newsweek here.

    Read a review of Epic Continent here.