Japanese Literature Challenge: The Dark Maidens by Rikako Akiyoshi (2013)

Thanks to Tracy K @ Bitter Tea and Mystery, I came to know of the three-months long Japanese Literature Challenge being hosted @ Dolce Belleza . As I have a few Japanese books on my wishlist/ TBR, I decided to join the challenge. The premise of Dark Maidens is certainly intriguing. Teen-aged school girls - … Continue reading Japanese Literature Challenge: The Dark Maidens by Rikako Akiyoshi (2013)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray (1988)

@ Hindustan Times Cinematic legend, Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) is renowned all over the world for his filmmaking skills, especially for his Apu trilogy. Not many people know that he was also a very keen reader of detective stories and that his own creation, Prodosh Chandra Mitter [more famously known by the sobriquet Feluda] is one … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray (1988)

Top Ten (+3) Tuesdays: Books I got in 2021 but couldn’t read

Top Ten Tuesdays is a hugely popular weekly meme @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic involves listing ten (or more) 2021 releases that one was excited about but couldn't read. I have twisted it a little and made a list of thirteen books that I got last year and wanted to read but … Continue reading Top Ten (+3) Tuesdays: Books I got in 2021 but couldn’t read

#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)

#GermanLitMonth: Eagles of the Reich by Will Berthold (1957)

An officer who is prepared to die first can demand total loyalty, only he can take his men into the jaws of death. They are Goering's golden boys, the pride of the Luftwaffe, Germany's crack paratroopers known as the Green Devils. When the novel opens, we find a unit rearing to go to their next … Continue reading #GermanLitMonth: Eagles of the Reich by Will Berthold (1957)

#GermanLitMonth: Three Crime Novels

The German Literature month has given me a wonderful opportunity to read three authors who had long been on my wishlist. Splinter by Sebastian Fitzek (2009) 'Back to the default position?' said Marc. 'A total reset?' Marc Lucas is a psychiatrist who has enough problems of his own. A few months prior to the beginning … Continue reading #GermanLitMonth: Three Crime Novels

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

#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)

(Impossible) Crime in Translation: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (1935)

Then a dispute arose between d’Arlon, his wife, and Émile. There were six of us, including Émile, who were supposed to share the table. But seven settings had been laid.Émile claimed he had taken the number of place settings prepared by his mistress. She claimed to have laid out the correct number. According to John … Continue reading (Impossible) Crime in Translation: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (1935)