Sunday, 8 August 2010


I just found out that Tony Judt died.

I only became aware of him last year when I bought a rather sizeable book called Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, he being the author. It's an excellent read, and one which I would recommend to anyone with an interest in modern history . I feel like my perspective has been greatly enriched, not just on past events but also many aspects of very current events.

I began reading it in March last year, and it immediately felt like one of those books to savour, to read at a leisurely pace and to take it in as fully as I possibly could (still plenty of it went over my head, it will merit another read some time). I finished it at the beginning of December, happy to have got through it all but with a tinge of sorrow at putting down something I'd been immersed in for so long.

I know next to nothing about the man himself, except that he became ill with motor neurone disease in recent years. Nonetheless, that one book has had a huge impact on me, and it felt only right to say as much here.

Respectfully then, R.I.P. Tony Judt.


Zhoen said...

Have requested it from the library. Thank you.

Carol said...

That sounds really interesting...I shall have to check it out!

C x

Reading the Signs said...


trousers said...

Hope you get something from it, Zhoen.

Same goes for you, Carol.

I've read a lot of modern history in recent years, so this slotted neatly into that context as well as greatly enhanced it for me.

Signs, hi.