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How to Torture a True Reader: Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

How does this sound for torture?

The Gestapo locks you in a decent hotel room. It’s comfortable. A pretty good bed, a desk, a chair.  Three meals a day, neither too cold nor too hot.   662 more words

Book Review

Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink, translated from the German by Michael Henry Heim, is about one man’s attempt to connect with his past. Because the narrator is German as is the author, it is tempting to look at the novel in larger terms, to make it the story of a people trying to connect with their shared history. 778 more words

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Brenner and God by Wolf Haas, translated from the German by Annie Janusch

The most unusual thing about Wolf Haas’s detective thriller Brenner and God, a novel not shy about tackling unusual things, is the narrator.

What to make of the narrator?   519 more words

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Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Perfume by Patrick Suskind is one of the books I found through the BBC’s radio program A Good Read. Everyone on that week’s panel enjoyed the book and it sounded very interesting so I bought it. 439 more words

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In R J Dent's Library - Alfred Kubin's The Other Side

A look in R J Dent’s library at The Other Side (a significant novel that influenced Kafka) by Austrian printmaker, illustrator and novelist – Alfred Kubin. 37 more words

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Mother Courage Endures Life Itself

Bertolt Brecht. Mother Courage and Her Children. 1939. Blackly comic tragedy.

Anna Fierling (aka “Mother Courage”) is a rough-voiced, sturdy, hard-bitten peasant woman with a very strong survival instinct. 265 more words


Newly acquired books

I was in Gothenburg from Wednesday to Friday to visit my sister and her boyfriend with my mother. It was great fun, although I missed my weekly food club (major bummer)!! 257 more words