November (of course) has been dominated by German Literature Month, and this is reflected in my list for the month – not a word of English to be seen 🙂 I have thoroughly enjoyed my few weeks of Teutonic texts, but I’m also glad to have it behind me as I really need a break from the frequent posting it entailed 😉
It would be remiss of me to end the month without a shout-out to the wonderful organisers of the whole affair, Lizzy and Caroline. I’m sure it was a nightmare keeping everything running smoothly, and it didn’t show at all: DANKE SCHÖN!!!
Seriously though, it has been a wonderful opportunity to discuss German-language books, something that can be difficult (certain of my G-Lit posts in the past have generated exactly zero comments…). I’ve also found a lot of new bloggers who read and review the same kind of books I do – a relief after the disaster that was BBAW…
I greatly enjoyed the two read-alongs, the first I’ve participated in, as it was refreshing to get to see so many different opinions on one book. I was even inspired to watch a film version of one of the books – even if it was a rather old, staid adaptation 😉 You want more? How about my three-part Kafka tribute play? Or my first ever post in German? Now that is one busy month!
Total Books Read: 11
Short Stories: 1
October books in the German Literature Month:
Die Kinder beruhigte das nicht by Alois Hotschnig
All the Lights (Die Nacht, die Lichter) by Clemens Meyer
Und sagte kein einziges Wort by Heinrich Böll
Bahnwärter Thiel & Der Apostel by Gerhart Hauptmann
Murakami Challenge: 0 (3/3)
Japanese Literature Challenge 5: 0 (6/1)
Tony’s Recommendation for November is: Stefan Zweig’s Schachnovelle
I had a good think about this one! I thoroughly enjoyed the Gothic stylings of Die schwarze Spinne, and as an introduction to Stefan Zweig, Schachnovelle was a real pleasure. However, I’m a big fan of Fontane’s work (and a big fan of novels over novellas), so his classic story of marriage and betrayal just about squeaks home as Klassenprimus this month.
But only just 🙂 Sorry, there’s been a recount. After rereading Schachnovelle, I’ve decided that Zweig is the winner by a nose. No correspondence will be entered into 😉
December? Rest, a slow-down in posting, and a fair proportion of rereading old friends I suspect. Mind you, I’ve said that before…