2012 Reviews

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125 – Rivalry – A Geisha’s Tale by Nagai Kafu
124 – The 210th Day by Natsume Soseki
123 – Volcano by Shusaku Endo
122 – The Sheep Man’s Christmas by Haruki Murakami
121 – Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin
120 – Some Prefer Nettles by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
119 – Japan’s First Modern Novel – Ukigumo by Marleigh Ryan
118 – Ukigumo (Drifting Cloud) by Shimei Futabatei
117 – Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto
116 – The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
115 – Accabadora by Michela Murgia
114 – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
113 – Frozen Dreams by Wahei Tatematsu
112 – The Old Man and his Sons by Heðin Brú
111 – Long Days by Maike Wetzel
110 – A History of the World by Andrew Marr
109 – Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami
108 – Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Grimm’s Tales) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
107 – Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
106 – Roads to Berlin by Cees Nooteboom
105 – Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst (I Spy, with my Little Eye) by Birgit Vanderbeke
104 – Kein Ort. Nirgends (No Place on Earth) by Christa Wolf
103 – Sommerhaus, später (Summerhouse, Later) by Judith Hermann
102 – Herztier (The Land of the Green Plums) by Herta Müller
101 – Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen by Heinrich Heine
100 – Hermann und Dorothea by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
99 – Stone Tree by Gyrðir Elíasson
98 – L’Adultera by Theodor Fontane
97 – Kabale und Liebe (Love and Intrigue) by Friedrich Schiller
96 – When I Whistle by Shusaku Endo
95 – Bergkristall (Mountain Crystal) by Adalbert Stifter
94 – Brigitta by Adalbert Stifter
93 – Where I Left My Soul by Jérôme Ferrari
92 – Ungefähre Landschaft (Unformed Landscape) by Peter Stamm
91 – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
90 – Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth
89 – Angst (Fear) by Stefan Zweig
88 – The Greenhouse by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
87 – À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs by Marcel Proust
86 – The Creator by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir
85 – The Promise of Iceland by Kári Gíslason
84 – The Gate by Natsume Soseki
83 – Art in Nature by Tove Jansson
82 – Children in Reindeer Woods by Kristín Ómarsdóttir
81 – Recipes for Sad Women by Héctor Abad
80 – Cold Sea Stories by Paweł Huelle
79 – Names for the Sea by Sarah Moss
78 – Independent People by Halldór Laxness
77 – Five Russian Dog Stories, translated by Anthony Briggs
76 – The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope
75 – Beginning Theory by Peter Barry
74 – Alves & Co. and Other Stories by Eça de Queiroz
73 – The Man Who Walked Through Walls by Marcel Aymé
72 – The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
71 – Die Ringe des Saturn (The Rings of Saturn) by W.G. Sebald
70 – The Ghost of Neil Diamond by David Milnes
69 – The Blue Fox by Sjón
68 – The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
67 – Faithful Ruslan by Georgi Vladimov
66 – Flowers of Grass by Takehiko Fukunaga
65 – Dubliners by James Joyce (link is to 2009 review)
64 – Necropolis by Santiago Gamboa
63 – Twice in a Lifetime by Ágúst Borgþór Sverrisson
62 – Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas
61 – Bord de Mer (Beside the Sea) by Véronique Olmi
60 – Petersburg by Andrei Bely
59 – Modern Japanese Literature edited by Donald Keene
58 – The Frost on his Shoulders by Lorenzo Mediano
57 – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
56 – Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff
55 – Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom
54 – New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani
53 – Legacy by Larissa Behrendt
52 – The Whispering Muse by Sjón
51 – The Islands by Carlos Gamerro
50 – The Murder of Halland by Pia Juul
49 – The Wild Geese by Ogai Mori
48 – Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) by Günter Grass
47 – Dukla by Andrzej Stasiuk
46 – The Book of Answers by C.Y. Gopinath
45 – Sieben Jahre (Seven Years) by Peter Stamm
44 – The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope
43 – The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst
42 – Seven Houses in France by Bernardo Atxaga
41 – The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg
40 – Happiness is Possible by Oleg Zaionchkovsky
39 – Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman
38 – Coventry by Helen Humphreys
37 – Parallel Stories by Péter Nádas
36 – Alice by Judith Hermann
35 – Hate – A Romance by Tristan Garcia
34 – Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld
33 – Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz
32 – Professor Andersen’s Night by Dag Solstad
31 – The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
30 – From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón
29 – Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke
28 – Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
27 – Heimsuchung (Visitation) by Jenny Erpenbeck
26 – The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy
25 – The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
24 – Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
23 – A Family Supper & A Village After Dark by Kazuo Ishiguro
22 – The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
21 – Aquis Submersis by Theodor Storm
20 – The Brothers by Asko Sahlberg
19 – Grete Minde by Theodor Fontane
18 – The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
17 – Mr. Scobie’s Riddle by Elizabeth Jolley
16 – The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
15 – The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
14 – Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
12a – In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts by Eugen Ruge
12 – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
11 – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
10 – Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin
9 – Das Gemeindekind by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
8 – Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
7 – Silly Novels by Lady Novelists by George Eliot
6 – Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
5 – Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot
4 – Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
3 – Nachdenken über Christa T. by Christa Wolf
2 – The Seamstress by María Dueñas
1 – The Lake by Yoko Ogawa

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2 thoughts on “2012 Reviews

  1. Hi Tony, after reading your reviews of 2012, these are the books I want to read:
    – Heion Bru: The old man and his son’s
    – Alfred Döblin: Berlin Alexanderplatz: In combination with the televisionseries by Fassbinder
    – Alan Duff: Once were warriors: I watched the movie a couple of times and was very impressed
    – Gyroir Eliasson: Stone tree
    – Haldor Laxness: Independent people
    – Amos Oz: Scenes from village life
    – Sjón: From the mouth of the whale
    I read St. Petersburg by Bjely, but I wasn’t impressed. I think the Dutch translation wasn’t what it should be. Greetings, Erik

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    1. Erik – That’s a shame about ‘Petersburg’ – from memory, it was my book of the year! It’s heavily reliant on the language, so I suspect the translation may have affected your enjoyment. Some excellent choices here, again. ‘Stone Tree’ is one that few will have read, but a book I really enjoyed – very different to a lot of what I read, in that it’s a collection of sketches, really 🙂

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