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Book Review: “The Wine-Dark Sea” by Leonardo Sciascia

Whenever I move to a new country, I not only read guidebooks and history books, but I also try to find some novels and stories which portray my new domicile, whether in its contemporary age or in the past. When … Continue reading

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Charles Ramsey is Burma Jones

My most favourite character in literature is Burma Jones. The only black, the only sane, possibly the smartest and yet the funniest person in A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, he works for “minimal wage” – not his only mispronunciation … Continue reading

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Sad Things (# 6) Library Books

Sad: Buying a book in a library book sale which had been in the stock of the library for several decades but which hasn’t been on loan to a reader even once. Even more sad: Not reading this book in … Continue reading

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Poetry Slam (1) Cigar

My first attempt at travel poetry: I went to the bazaar in Kandahar and bought a cigar from a guy called Bashar.   Don’t worry. I will continue to write predominantly in prose. (Zur deutschen Version.)

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Leaving Books in Public Places

I love books. So naturally, I used to collect them. I kept all the books I had ever read, I bought dozens of books that I still wanted to read and I even bought antique books which I would never … Continue reading

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The Mo Yan Poll

My empty, questioning stare when I heard that this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature would go to the Chinese author Mo Yan showed me three things: that I don’t read enough books, that I don’t read enough literary supplements of … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

Since 2008 or 2009, I have heard the expression “worst recession since the Great Depression” more times than banks have asked for another bailout. I got tired and fed up by that constantly repeated statement because as little as I know … Continue reading

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My Encounters with Mexican Literature

Carlos Fuentes, the Mexican writer, has the following quote attributed to him: Writing is a struggle against silence. Of his many books, I have only read “Aura” and I wish he had remained silent. Whenever I visit a country, I try … Continue reading

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“Death in Venice”

… and there goes Gustav von Aschenbach: “Death in Venice“ (“Der Tod in Venedig”) is not my favourite book by Thomas Mann, but he is one of my most favourite authors. I have met a few people who have dismissed … Continue reading

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The Mario Vargas Llosa Poll: which book to read?

As Mario Vargas Llosa from Peru has just won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2010, I guess I should read one of his books at last. Which one or two of the following do you recommend? Or would you recommend … Continue reading

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