My literary explorations are serendipitous and subject to whim, so I am cautious about joining shared reading events. I was unable to resist German Literature Month, co-hosted by Lizzy’s Literary Life and Beauty is a Sleeping Cat, partly because I am drawn to literature from the region but also because I’ve intended to read Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest and Heinrich Böll for some time.
Those authors aside I plan to read some Kleist for the penultimate week and the following:
Week 1 – German Literature
Jenny Erpenbeck – Visitation
Week 2 – Crime Fiction
Friedrich Durrenmatt – The Judge and His Hangman
Week 3 – From Austria and Switzerland
Thomas Bernhard – Old Masters
Thank you for joining us. You have some great choices here. And they nicely cover all three countries. I’m still deciding. I’m looking forward to re-read Böll and Effi Briest and Sebald’s Austerlitz is a possibility.
Thanks for dropping by, Caroline. I’m looking forward to reading the books and other’s thoughts on them. Austerlitz is a beautiful book.
Wonderful choices. So glad you decided to pitch in … and so enthusiasically as well!
Thanks, Lizzy. I am looking forward to reading these books.
good choice you have there. which Heinrich Böll one are you planning to read? Briest, that Fassbinder movie is wonderful…
Thanks, I’ll be reading Böll’s The Silent Angel. I’ll rent the film after I read the book.
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I am interested to see what you will have to say about Visitation. I stopped reading after about one third of the book.
I read Dürrenmatt in school and remember I liked it. That’s more than I can say for most of the other school reading projects, :).
Thanks for dropping by, Rikki, and your comment. Erpenbeck and Dürrenmatt are new writers to me, so I am looking forward to getting to know their work.
Some great books here and I will be interested in your thoughts on them, thanks
Thanks for dropping by, Parrish. Sadly, due to extensive travelling this last week, my ambition outdistanced my achievement. I am hoping to catch up a little during this week.