November 2018 Wrap-Up – German Literature Month


November saw the blog taken over by events for German Literature Month, hosted as always by Lizzy and Caroline.  As you’ll see, there weren’t many reviews around here this year, but with one stand-out in particular, hopefully the quality makes up for the lack of quantity.

The reason for the dearth of review posts, of course, was my latest attempt at translation, a serialisation of Eduard Graf von Keyserling’s early novella Schwüle Tage (Sultry Days).  The project spanned fifteen days, with the thirteen-part (in my version…) story bookended by a short introduction and a somewhat lengthier translator’s afterword.  If you read it, I hope you enjoyed it – if you didn’t, why not? 😉

Well, I suppose you could always just look at the stats…

Total Books Read: 9
Year-to-Date: 117

New: 7
Rereads: 2

From the Shelves: 6
Review Copies: 1
From the Library: 2
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 7
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 1
Non-Fiction: 1

Non-English Language: 9
(5 German, 2 Japanese, French, Korean)
In Original Language: 5 (5 German)

Books Reviewed in November were:
1) Schwüle Tage (Sultry Days) by Eduard Graf von Keyserling
2) Die sonderbare Karriere der Frau Choi (Mrs. Choi’s Remarkable Career)
by Birgit Vanderbeke
3) Kein Roman: Texte und Reden (Not a Novel: Texts and Speeches)
by Jenny Erpenbeck
4) Die Nibelungensage (The Nibelung Saga), retold by Alfred Carl Groeger
5) Jahrestage (Anniversaries) by Uwe Johnson

Tony’s Turkey for November is:
Birgit Vanderbeke’s Die sonderbare Karriere der Frau Choi

This one started off promisingly enough, but it soon tailed off.  Nothing too disastrous, but it was just a little dull and didn’t really go anywhere – and as Christmas is just around the corner… 😉

Tony’s Recommendation for November is:
Uwe Johnson’s Jahrestage

No contest – a giant of a book in a small field of relative pygmies (with all due apologies to Jenny Erpenbeck).  Read it 🙂

December will be a little less organised as I look to whatever happens to catch my eye.  There’s one reading month to go in 2018, and I intend to spend it in style: to see just what that entails, you’ll have to wait until the next monthly wrap-up post 🙂

4 thoughts on “November 2018 Wrap-Up – German Literature Month

  1. Thank you so much for participating, Tony. I’m still catching up on reading posts, so will return soon hopefully. I read a Vanderbeke novel too and it was a bit of dud as well. Her earlier work seems more interesting.


    1. Andrew – I’ll be very interested to see what the next one in English is like as I’m a little unconvinced overall after three books…


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