Books Europe Central by William T. Vollmann Hardcover, 811 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $39.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleEurope CentralAuthorWilliam T. Vollmann Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary A series of interconnected stories seeks to contrast the moral decisions made by famous and everyday individuals with regard to the warring authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR in the twentieth century. Genres: Fiction Awards and Recognition National Book Award (2005) Also by William T. Vollmann Dirty Snow Riding Toward Everywhere Last Stories and Other Stories Poor People Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Europe Central Alan Cheuse: An Armful of Books for Summer June 13, 2005 The reviewer offers summer reading options, including fiction, poetry and short-story collections. He suggests titles from Jane Alison, Arthur C. Clarke, William Carlos Williams and more. Alan Cheuse: An Armful of Books for Summer Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4701145/4701610" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Reading: Fiction Excerpt: 'Europe Central' June 7, 2005 Book critic Alan Cheuse includes this novel in his summer reading recommendations for All Things Considered, a series of paired stories dealing with Germany and the USSR in the 20th century.