STONE VOICES: THE SEARCH FOR SCOTLAND
Stone Voices is Ascherson’s return to his native Scotland. It is an exploration of Scottish identity, but this is no journalistic rumination on the future of that small nation. Ascherson instead weaves together a story of deep time – the time of geology and archaeology, of myth and legend – with the story of modern Scotland and its rebirth. Few writers in these islands have his ability to write so well about the natural context of history.
PUBLICATION DATE: 25th April 2003
THE KING INCORPORATED: LEOPALD THE SECOND AND THE CONGO
It is the aim of this text to describe Leopold II without prejudice. The text presents many aspects of his life: as a most ruthless negotiator; as the cold father; and as the sensual ancient riding his tricycle at Vilefranche-sur-Mer to pedal round to the villa of a young mistress.
PUBLICATION DATE: 13th July 1999
BLACK SEA: THE BIRTHPLACE OF CIVILISATION AND BARBARISM
This title is a homage to the ocean and its shores, and a meditation on Eurasian history from the earliest times to the present. It evokes the culture, history and politics of the volatile region along these shores.
PUBLISHER: Jonathan Cape
PUBLICATION DATE: July 1995
GAMES WITH SHADOWS
Next, Ascherson takes us on a personal tour of Europe, ’the barbaric continent’, exposing some ugly hatred and memories lurking beneath the cultured surface; he writes movingly about the courage and sacrifice that nations at their best can draw out. His meditations on Eastern Europe, ’Waltzing With Molotov’, are exemplary for their critical sympathy.
In the book’s final section, a vivid and memorable collection of sectarians, spies, traitors, heroes, monsters and victims reveals a lot about fear and hope in the closing years of this dangerous century.
PUBLICATION DATE: April 1988
STRUGGLES FOR POLAND
PUBLISHER: Michael Joseph
PUBLICATION DATE: June 1987
THE POLISH AUGUST: THE SELF-LIMITING REVOLUTION
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1981
THE NAZI LEGACY: KLAUS BARBIE AND THE INTERNATIONAL FASCIST CONNECTION
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt & Co.
PUBLICATION DATE: February 1985
THE BOOK OF LECH WALESA
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLICATION DATE: June 1982