Original title: "Didžioji Europa. Esė apie Europos sielą" (in Lithuanian). Vilnius: Versus aureus, 2016. 240 p.
To have a plausible political-historical narrative nowadays means to have viable politics, rather than policies masquerading as politics. Politics becomes impossible without a good story in the form of a convincing plot or an inspiring vision. The same applies to good literature. When we fail a method in our scholarship, or when a method fails us, we switch to a story – this sounds much in tune with the late Umberto Eco. Where scholarly language fails, fiction comes as a way out of the predicament with an interpretation of the world around us. The funny thing is that politics does not work without our stories. Without travel accounts, humor, laughter, warning and moralizing, political concepts tend to become empty.
Leonidas Donskis`s new book "The Great Europe: An Essay on the Soul of Europe" is an attempt to cover Europe as an immense territory of clashing sensitivities, arts, talent, inspiration, animosity, hatred and love.