I found out about Lizzy’s & Caroline’s German Literature Month last year whilst it was already in progress and decided to join in, despite not having my own blog, and found it fun enough both contributing and reading others’ blogs that I wanted to join in again in 2014. I’m hoping to use it as a spur to get my own blog off the ground as well.
As my eyes are bigger than my (literary) stomach I’ve compiled a list of books that I would like to read. Now, being quite a slow reader, there’s no way I’m going to read all of these, in fact I’ll be lucky if I read more than four as I have work and other reading commitments (Proust mainly) that will eat up my time, and some of the books are quite long as well. Anyway, here are the contenders:
- Indian Summer by Adalbert Stifter – I’ve actually started this one but had to return it to the library; I’m waiting to get it back so I can finish it.
- Greed by Elfriede Jelinek – I’ve started this one as well. I’m not that impressed so far but I’ll continue with it.
- Auto da Fé by Elias Canetti – This was a favourite book of mine from years ago and I’ve been meaning to re-read it for ages. I’m intrigued to see if it ‘holds up’ after a second reading.
- Crowds and Power also by Elias Canetti – This would be another re-read but I’d probably only read one Canetti for GLM; I’ll have to choose between them.
- The Hundred Days by Joseph Roth – There are many Roth books that I’d love to read but this Napoleonic tale really intrigues me.
- Demian by Hermann Hesse – I picked this up in an Oxfam shop a few weeks back and the blurb on the back of the book is fascinating.
- The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr by E.T.A. Hoffmann – I really, really want to read this book as Hoffmann is one of my favourite authors. Will I get the time in November?
- The Nibelungenlied – I’ve had a copy of this kicking around for a while as I went through a phase a few years ago of reading some Arthurian legends and Medieval literature. I’m still not sure how to pronounce the title!
- Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch – This would be another re-read of a favourite.
- Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann – I read some stories by Bachmann for last year’s GLM. The only problem with this one is that the book is unavailable at my library and is expensive to buy. I may take the plunge though.
- Casanova: A Study in Self-Portraiture by Stefan Zweig – I keep meaning to read Casanova’s memoirs; in the meantime I may read this book.
That’s enough for now; the list goes on but these are the main contenders. I could always end up reading nothing from the above list if I have a change of mood.
I hope everyone has a great time with their reading for GLM IV – I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s reviews.