A reading of Seveneves

Seveneves, a novel by Neal Stephenson   From times immemorial, we have dreamed about it, painted it on caves walls, written fiction and speculations, prayed for it not to happen: it is mankind’s common nightmare, Armageddon, the end of our world, the end of our species. Will it be caused by our own misbehaviour, aContinue reading “A reading of Seveneves”

Gleeful: #VisDare 137

It was done, all these long years of study, the cold classrooms, the interminable nights of reading, the despair when the results were dismal… We had finished, the world was ours, your hand in mine and his in yours: what was more beautiful than our friendship? I remember how our laughs resonated in the ancientContinue reading “Gleeful: #VisDare 137”

Joseph Nasi @ Altaj, Wu Ming

Altai, by Wu Ming, the story of A Venetian spy in Constantinople… Altai can also be read as another encounter with Gert from the Well… L . #deconspiratie Voor wie het nog niet wist of zich herinneren kan. De Turken (Ottomanen ) werkten met Nederland samen tegen Spanje. Maintaining contacts with William the Silent,[10] NasiContinue reading “Joseph Nasi @ Altaj, Wu Ming”

Kafka #AtoZAprilChallenge

From my “K” entry in the 2013 AtoZ Challenge:  In the world of this blogger there are two of them: a writer of genius, who died in 1924, wrote The Trial, The Castle, The Metamorphosis and a host of stories and plays, and Nakata “Kafka” Tamura, hero of “Kafka on the Shore”, the novel by Haruki Murakami.  Franz Kafka,Continue reading “Kafka #AtoZAprilChallenge”

Amnesia #AtoZAprilChallenge

  Amnesia is the absence of memories, or the inability to recall them. In his book “Rue des Boutiques Obscures” (translated as Missing Person), the French novelist, and 2014 Literature Nobel prize winner , Patrick Modiano tells the story of a man who has forgotten all about his past, and indeed lost even his identity. His slowContinue reading “Amnesia #AtoZAprilChallenge”

Of Thanatos, Ansky’s Notebook and a City in the Desert, a #reading of “2666” by Roberto Bolaño

“Jesus is the masterpiece. The thieves are minor works. Why are they there? Not to frame the crucifixion, as some innocent souls believe, but to hide it.” 2066 “Now what sea is this you have crossed, exactly, and what sea is it you have plunged more than once to the bottom of, alerted, full ofContinue reading “Of Thanatos, Ansky’s Notebook and a City in the Desert, a #reading of “2666” by Roberto Bolaño”

Pale criminals, a reading of Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr

Bernhardt Günther is a tough guy, a survivor of the trenches of the Great War, a cop, a man who loves women, and his city, Faust’s metropolis, Berlin in the 30s. In March Violets – evoking the cynical opportunists who join the Nazi party late, and buy their way to a low number party cardContinue reading “Pale criminals, a reading of Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr”

The search for Cesárea, a #reading of “The Savage Detectives”, Roberto Bolaño

“Roberto Bolaño” by Farisori – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. From the Golden Fleece to The Two Towers, from the Holy Grail to Heart of Darkness, great works of world’s literature are often stories of quests. So goes for Roberto Bolaño‘s masterpiece, The Savage Detectives, which follows two young poets, Arturo BelanoContinue reading “The search for Cesárea, a #reading of “The Savage Detectives”, Roberto Bolaño”

Two writers and a dark princess

This post continues my translation of Régine Deforges‘ interview of Pauline Réage, “O m’a dit”, started there.  The interview took place in 1975. Régine died on April 3, 2014. RD – You said: I long had hope to rebuild my life, in a certain way. In what way? PR – Well, to have a life like everyoneContinue reading “Two writers and a dark princess”

The books Gustave Flaubert never wrote #WritersWednesday

From Julian Barnes’ “Flaubert’s Parrot”, chapter 9, The Flaubert Apocrypha. His Autobiography: “One day, if I write my memoirs – the only thing I shall write well, if ever I put myself to the task of doing it – you will find a place in them, and what a place! For you have blown aContinue reading “The books Gustave Flaubert never wrote #WritersWednesday”