SECRET EUROPE by Mark Valentine & John Howard. Leyburn, North Yorkshire, UK; Tartarus Press; 2014. 1st edition thus. 300 COPY LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHORS ON THE TITLE PAGE.
The authors of Secret Europe were inspired by the lives of the many courageous spirits in all parts of the continent who followed their conscience in troubled times: and formed a sort of Secret Europe which tried to preserve the values of our common humanity. The stories often take place in borderlands, not only in terrain but in time too, and sometimes on the borders of this world and other, mysterious worlds. Many are set during times of upheaval--war, revolution, dictatorship--while others concern more personal upheavals. Each of the remote and relatively unknown regions is evoked with a fine sense of place, and we share in the lives of authentic characters who are faced with difficult, often dangerous, choices. "... an astonishing work of fiction that effortlessly displaces the world we know with the world created on the pages we read. By virtue of strong, character-based storytelling, subtle prose and genuinely inventive strangeness, Valentine and Howard create a version of Europe that is not ours, but partakes of that which we know in such a manner as to be more powerful than what is real." Rick Kleffel, The Agony Colum
'Introduction', John Howard and Mark Valentine,
'Baltersan's Third Edition', Mark Valentine,
'Secret Byzantium', Mark Valentine,
'The Silver Eagles', John Howard,
'Silence and Fire', Mark Valentine,
'The Other Salt', Mark Valentine,
'The White City', John Howard,
'The Baltic Circles', John Howard,
'The Girl with the Violin', Mark Valentine,
'The Goat-Eyed', Mark Valentine,
'The Lion of Chaldea', Mark Valentine,
'Westenstrand', John Howard,
'The Unrest at Aachen', Mark Valentine,
'Prince Aziz', Mark Valentine,
'The Hunting Castle', John Howard,
'The Atelier at Iasi', Mark Valentine,
'A Minor Official', Mark Valentine,
'The Way of the Sun', John Howard,
'Wandering Paths', John Howard,
'A Lantern for Carpathia', Mark Valentine,
'The High Places', John Howard,
'The Fall of Ashes', Mark Valentine,
'Cabaret Zoltaire', Mark Valentine,
'The Waltz of Masks', John Howard,
'The Second Percussionist', Mark Valentine,
'A Gift for the Emperor', John Howard,
'An Officer of the Reserve', Mark Valentine.
ISBN 978-1-905784-64-6 Secret Europe is available as a signed hardback in an edition limited to 300 copies.
(PLEASE NOTE: Secret Europe is a reprint of the Exposition Internationale (Bucharest, 2012) edition. This edition contains some corrections, and adds 'An Officer of the Reserve' by Mark Valentine.)
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