“Of all men’s miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing. Herodotus, The Histories.”
Read straight through Ryszard Kapuściński Travels with Herodotus; started rereadingGregor von Rezzori's Memoirs of an Anti-Semite. I had almost forgotten how much I love them, and why... I'm a grandchild of Mittel Europa destroyed in 1914.