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1. Alsof het voorbij is by Julian Barnes : England - January, 4
2. Schaaknovelle by Stefan Zweig: Austria - March, 4
3. Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa: The Netherlands - March, 29
4. Heldere hemel by Tom Lanoye: Belgium - March, 31
5. Utopia by Thomas More: England - April, 4
6. Witte tanden by Zadie Smith: England - July, 30 (my tour seems stuck in the UK)
7. In Europa by Geert Mak: The Netherlands - November, 17
8. Laura by Elia Barcélo: Spain - November, 17
1. Koets naar Wenen by Jan Prochazka - tip by Jos Geysels, permanent panel member at Uitgelezen
2. Schaaknovelle by Stefan Zweig - March 4
3. Mr Gwyn by Alessandro Baricco - December 15 (this book will be discussed next "Uitgelezen" so not really a tip received but hey ...
1. De hond van Tisma by Geert Mak - economics, politics, history - January, 25
2. De ongelovige Thomas heeft een punt by Johan Braeckman and Maarten Boudry - philosophy - February, 26
3. Geluk by György Konrad - biography - holocaust - March, 11
4. Utopia by Thomas More - ideal society - April, 4
5. Slingerbeweging by György Konrád - biography, contemplation - May, 1
6. Door Spinoza's lens by Tinneke Beeckman - Philosophy, currently still applicable - December, 30
1. Wit als melk, rood als bloed by Alessandro D'Avenia - March, 5
2. Een zee van niets by Ugo Riccarelli - April, 10
3. Ik haal je op, ik neem je mee by Niccolo Ammaniti - May, 9
4. De Lüneburger variant by Paolo Maurensig - June, 10
5. Gedachten by Giacomo Leopardi - June, 23
6. Zo ook op aarde by Davide Enia - June, 28
7. Land van glas by Alessandro Baricco - August 23
8. Van Acquit by Pietro Grossi - November, 18
9. Mr Gwyn by Alessandro Baricco - December, 15
1. Koets naar Wenen by Jan Prochazka : The afterdays of war: revenge - January 9
2. Geluk by György Konrad: Boedapest & Hungary, the holocaust - March 11
3. Heldere hemel by Tom Lanoye: the cold war and its effects on the innocent - March, 31
4. Een zee van niets by Ugo Riccarelli: the second world war by the Italians, sad but in a way also hilarious - April, 10
5. Liquidatie by Imre Kertesz: Auschwitz, the effects, forever - June 3
6. In Europa by Geert Mak: the history of Europe in the 20th century, world war 1 & 2, Bosnia, ... November, 17
1. Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa: a son, and his mother. - March, 29
2. Een zee van niets by Ugo Riccarelli: a son, his father, his uncles and all the rest - April, 10
3. Ik haal je op, ik neem je mee by Niccolo Ammaniti: Italia, so family is important, albeit it all losers - May, 9
4. De meester van Petersburg by J.M. Coetzee: a father, his stepson, death - May, 20
5. Zo ook op aarde by Davide Enia: a son, grandson and his beloved ones, missing or present.
6. Laura by Elia Barcélo: a brother, a never recognised sister, revenge.
1. Coetzee about Russia: De meester van Petersburg by J.M. Coetzee - May, 20
2. Leopardi about mankind : Gedachten by Giacomo Leopardi - June, 23
3. Smith about London and the multicultural life : Witte tanden by Zadie Smith - July, 30
4. Geert Mak about Europe and where the European Union should go to: In Europa by Geert Mak - November, 17
5. The world according to Dino: straight lines, simplicity : Van Acquit by Pietro Grossi - November, 18
6. The philosophy of Spinoza, and how to apply it today : Door Spinoza's lens by Tinneke Beeckman - December, 30
1. De Lüneburger variant by Paolo Maurensig, a tip by my daughter's friend Leonardo, not a good tip ... he should do better
2. Zo ook op aarde by Davide Enia, a tip by someone who knows good books, my LT friend Jebronse, thanks!
3. In Europa by Geert Mak, highly recommended by my friend CPNijs.
4. Van Acquit by Pietro Grossi, recommended by LT friend Jebronse
5. Door Spinoza's lens by Tinneke Beeckman, recommended by my friend @CpNijs on Twitter, thanks for bringing my intrest in philosophy back to me :-)
1. Koets naar Wenen by Jan Prochazka - January 9
2. De hond van Tisma by Geert Mak - January 25
3. Schaaknovelle by Stefan Zweig - March 4
4. Overboord by Jozef Deleu - March, 11
5. Heldere hemel by Tom Lanoye - March, 31
6. Laura by Elia Barcélo - November, 17
A panel of 2 fixed readers and 2 or 3 variable readers comment on 3 books they have been given to read and they discuss about the themes, the writing style, the author without necessity to agree and without giving too much away to the audience.
After these 3 books, each panel member can talk about a particular book that he or she would recommend to the audience.
The whole event is accompanied by some live music and at the end they give some books to 10 randomly picked people of the audience (every participant can write his name on a little note received at the door, put it in a box and they pick 10 out of the box).
A truly nice event sponsored by a newspaper and the cultural center in Ghent where it takes place.
Info on LT : http://www.librarything.com/venue/24708/Vooruit-Kunstencentrum
He certainly appeals to the European leaders not to make the same mistakes as in the years 1930 - 1940, mistakes that became obvious with the second World War.
Truly concerned for our peace and our welfare i would say. My thanks go out to Mr. Mak.
A straightforward rather silly story but, hey, i must admit, it touched me now and then, so a good score.
Maybe less compelling then Joe Speedboot, the authors bestselling previous book, but still a work of art, very beautiful language (not so "Dutch" this time) and great imagination.
On the other hand the book is elaborating and repeating the virtues of this utopic society with such a degree of repetition that more then once you have to check the pages to see if by accident you are re-reading the same pages once again.
So, overall impression: weird stuff. More was certainly remarkable in his time.
A maybe far fetched interpretation of me is that the characters that seem to be free and successfull are in fact captivated by their own sorrows and the ones depicted as the kind of losers, the not haves, are in fact free and rich in ideas and insights. I can't dig up any other thematics.
Perfect for 3 of my categories: War, Italy and Family
But this time no gripping story for me, no deeper feelings, no asking to the reader to choose sides, .... so no real Coetzee for me.
Maybe when i think of it a little bit more, some more comments will follow.
I had some time to rethink and i decided to upgrade my comment with this: 4 star now (instead of 3) due to the very beautiful sentences and the ability to outwit the reader.
To VictoriaPL: my pleasure ! Imre Kertesz is certainly a very nice writer, i was really blown of my feet by his book Kaddish for an unborn child, a book that goes on and on without no pause, no rest ... but what a read, amazing. This one is less, i will read later Fatelessness which seems to be his best known book.
To Ikernagh: yes it is Liquidation, and i understand your feelings about it, i really had a hard time as well, in the end the story gets more readable and understandable and pieces of the jigsaw fall a bit in place, still pretty bizarre. My recommendation would be Kaddish for an unborn child, read my comment to VictoriaPL, not Detective story which i have read as well but is also rather in the bizarre category for me.
And now, back to the Italian authors ... for a change ;-)
The book is not bad, it's just ... way too simple.
A big thank you to LT friend Jebronse for recommending it to me!
i already saw this book in bookshop Paard van Troje, but somehow i wasn't "touched" to buy. I'll check next time based on this recommendation. I started Land van glas now.
number 20: Witte tanden by Zadie Smith, ... strange, strange, strange story that talks about some people in London, with a common history for some of them but how this common history created this friendship stays a bit of a mystery, differences being huge and common things or intrests rather scarce. On top of this the likelihood of these stories really go beyond me, from the historic ones in the war to the actual ones (or London is a more weird place then i can imagine, although i also spend some time there, which stays of course a different thing then living in the city) ... Still, weird.
Continuously amazed by how the authors takes some ideas, elaborates them beyond expectation and in plus finds a way to link them to one another and make a story out of all this. A truly gifted air monger.
But hey, i will get back on reading ... if possible ;-)
Glad you liked Van acquit :-)
That would explain why the library doesn't have a copy. No worries, that just means it is a book I can look forward to when it is translated into English! ;-)
The editor should really get a good corrector.
And i'm perfectly happy with this ... it's my life.
Next year i will start a list, but no longer in the "challenge" type. Once i created it i will post the link here, for those interested.
Again, many thanks for all your support and good luck with the reading in 2013 for all of you ! ;-)
always nice to see that people care. Thanks a lot. Have a good bookyear and an overall healthy & happy 2013 for all your beloved ones.