The History of the World in 33 Novels
A unique approach to world history: Markus Gasser explores the past by way of 33 outstanding novels.
We are all fascinated with bygone eras and lost worlds. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to travel through time for a vivid first-hand experience of what it was like to live in the past? Time and again authors have shown themselves as the kindred spirits of historians, conjuring such convincing renditions of the past that the reader feels right there in the midst of it. Markus Gasser has gathered 33 novels that cover the whole of civilisation, spanning the epochs from Ancient Egypt to the present day. Thomas Mann, Umberto Eco, Leo Tolstoy, Stefan Zweig and Orhan Pamuk: these leviathans of literature and many of their colleagues recount their versions of history in different styles and voices as Markus Gasser sends us on a voyage of discovery through world and literary history, whetting our appetite for novels we may never have heard of or have been meaning to read for ages.