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The Novel That Defined Jazz Age Berlin

This is a brutal book. Published in 1929, Berlin Alexanderplatz often reads, in Michael Hofmann’s new translation, as if it were conceived as a deliberate affront to contemporary sensibilities. 1,158 more words


Alfred Döblin: Berlin Alexanderplatz

Here is a book whose fearsome reputation precedes it – or should I say (spoiler alert) exceeds it? Berlin Alexanderplatz is a monument of modern German literature and, more prominently to me, a byword for fat unreadability. 1,242 more words

Penguin Modern Classics

Once Again, Barbara Comyns Deserves Your Attention

Barbara Comyns’ writing is in the middle of a resurgence. Her 1954 novel Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead was republished in 2010, leading to renewed interest in her life and work. 644 more words


Respice Futurum: Some Reading Plans for 2018

As I have mentioned in a previous post, The Woodstock Academy where I have had the privilege of teaching Latin and Classics for many years now, is one of the oldest public schools in the United States and has a simple yet profound Latin motto which reflects and respects this tradition: … 752 more words

Literature In Translation

Niki: The Story of a Dog by Tibor Déry

The Ancsas are a middle-aged couple in Communist Hungary. They are quite an ordinary couple – Mr. Ancsas is a mining engineer, and Mrs. Ancsas a housewife – living in the outer suburbs of Budapest. 371 more words


After Claude by Iris Owens

Ever since I read Dorothy Baker’s Cassandra at the Wedding back in the autumn of 2014, I’ve been searching for something similar, another hidden gem of a book with a spiky (anti-)heroine in the central role. 1,476 more words

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