Your Face Tomorrow

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume Two: Dance and Dream by Javier MarĂ­as My rating: 5 of 5 stars In both its parts that I have read till now, Your Face Tomorrow is a fascinating read. Each of these books are almost housed in single nights and in the disturbing, absorbing events of those nights. You are…

The Wanderers

The theme of a wandering man is central to many of Hamsun’s characters, so it is perhaps only fitting that a book comprising of two of his writings be called The Wanderers. The cover contains two inter-twined Hamsun writings: Under the Autumn Star and Wanderer plays on muted strings, the latter a sequel to the…

The Radetzky March

I have spent the last few days amongst ghosts. The more literal (and talkative) ghosts of Juan Rulfo’s magnificent work Pedro Paramo, the haunting ones of Sebald’s Emigrants (which I am still reading), and if these were not enough, the ghost of an entire empire speaking through the sombre voice of Joseph Roth in The…

Beware of Pity

After reading Zweig’s ‘Beware of Pity’ recently, I came upon a less than generous review of the story in Time’s: …one of those puddle-depth stories that, draining themselves with a sort of literary eye dropper, pretend to contain oceans of ideas. The tedious technique might seem justified if it conveyed vivid people, or even lively…

Mysteries

I will make my character laugh where sensible people think he ought to cry. And why? Because my hero is no character, no ‘type,’ … but a complex, modern being. – Knut Hamsun I don’t know whether Hamsun spoke these words to describe the character of Nagel in his work Mysteries, but I can say…

Readings

I have been inactive on the blog for a long spell now. Part of it was boredom, part laziness. Have not been doing much in the last few days except for a couple of trips here and there, the latest one being Nepal, which was quite remarkable even though very different from what I was…

Fathers and Sons

Somehow, have not spent much time on this blog for a few days – mainly because of work, and also because my blogging time window was devoured by the two posts I wrote on my travel blog. I have not really read much in the last few days (Inching away with Eichmann in Jerusalem, which…

Liquidation

I am currently on a roll of experimenting with European tragedy. After Roth’s disillusioned hero, I am now meeting the alienated, fate-less anti-heroes of Bernhard’s Frost and Kertesz’s Liquidation. Though Frost, with all its density of thought and observation will take me sometime, I was able to get through the slim volume of Liquidation soon…

The Silent Prophet – Joseph Roth

A year ago, I did not know that there were two famous Roths in the literary world (may be there are more and I will still take years to find them out but I can only speak as far as the extent of my current knowledge goes). During the year, I read Philip Roth for…

If on a winter’s night a traveler

After a long time of hearing rave reviews, I finally decided to pick up a Calvino. I struggled a bit with the choice of titles, but finally settled on this one, mainly because I love short stories, and I figured this one will come close to that. And it did – not just that, but…