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#GermanLitMonth: Pigeons on the Grass by Wolfgang Koeppen (1951)

Pigeons on the grass, that is how certain modern minds regarded people, while they strove to expose that which was senseless and apparently coincidental in human existence, to portray man as free of God, then to leave him fluttering about free in the void, senseless, valueless, free, and menaced by snares, prey to the butcher, … Continue reading #GermanLitMonth: Pigeons on the Grass by Wolfgang Koeppen (1951)

FFB & #GermanLitMonth: My Father’s Keeper: The Children of Nazi Leaders – An Intimate History of Damage and Denial

Because sometimes there are stories -even in an atheistic world – that do not end with the passing of the protagonist. Hermann Goring, Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf Hess… I think all of us have heard of these names. Then there were others whom I encountered for the first time: Hans Frank, Baldur von Schirach, Martin Bormann, … Continue reading FFB & #GermanLitMonth: My Father’s Keeper: The Children of Nazi Leaders – An Intimate History of Damage and Denial

Friday’s Forgotten Book: Miss Jessica’s Stick by Aylmer Hunter (1942)

” There’s good stuff in all the Mildmays. And bad stuff too. Either win the V.C. or commit murder.” Jane Carstairs has been through a lot. At the age of 21 while she was all rich and comfortable, her father lost everything on certain dubious speculations. In what was termed a fit of insanity at … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Miss Jessica’s Stick by Aylmer Hunter (1942)

#Germanlitmonth: Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher (2007)

He understood that there were different versions of the truth. Every police officer knew that, with each trial it was experienced afresh. The war is fresh in people’s memory and mourning; the monarchy has been reduced to porn pin-ups; Hitler is “that strange bird with a Charlie Chaplin moustache”; Himmler and his dreaded SS are … Continue reading #Germanlitmonth: Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher (2007)

New Books

I am in love with old, dusty books but sometimes am seduced by shiny new books. Here are brief notes on such books, all barring one read this year: Asylum by Madeleine Roux (2013) I must admit that this novel is not meant for somebody of my age. Had I been a young teenager, I’d … Continue reading New Books

German Literature Month

I am excited about taking part in the German Literature Month, co-hosted by Caroline @ beautyisasleepingcat and Lizzy Siddal @ Lizzy’s Literary Life, as it enters the second decade. I have already selected a few books for the event and am hoping that I would be able to read and review those in the month … Continue reading German Literature Month

Question: First-Person Narrative

Of late, I find it hard to get into first-person narratives. I used to enjoy such narratives but now I can hardly bear to read a few paragraphs of the book with such a p-o-v before giving it up. Has it ever happened to you?

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