Dracula, the great epistolary novel

Here is how the most famous (sorry, Frankenstein) horror novel ever written begins: 3 May. Bistritz.–Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train … Continue reading

Humanity in the Bloodlands

Each of the living bore a name. So writes Timothy Snyder in the conclusion of Bloodlands, a systematic and unblinking account of the utter Hell experienced between Berlin and Moscow from 1930 to 1947, wherein fourteen million people were killed.  Snyder’s thesis is that, as history, World War II was not just about D-Day or … Continue reading