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Tanizaki, Junichiro

The Makioka Sisters – Junichiro Tanizaki

My last book of 2017 is The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (if you want to be pedantic, it’s Jun’ichirou – which implies him being the first born son, but I couldn’t find much information on this). At 530 pages it’s no mean feat for me, and actually took me 2 months to finish. But […]

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Frank, Anne

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

I visited Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam back in 2011, the first time I came to Europe, and had been meaning to read the book since. I finally did, thanks to audio book. I listened to the 70th anniversary edition above, read by Helena Bonham Carter, and it was perfect. I really liked her reading. […]

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Inoue, Yasushi

The Hunting Gun – Yasushi Inoue

This is the first book I finished after a couple of months of reading slump. And it was just the right book. It’s short and compelling, and the Pushkin edition is just beautiful to hold and read. It’s not a perfect book, and for me the ending peters out a little. But there are a […]

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Orwell, George

1984 – George Orwell

I might be one of the last people on earth that had not read 1984. I ony read Animal Farm a few years back. Absolutely loved it. Since then I’ve been reading a few of his essays here and there. I’m a huge fan of Orwell. I know he’s not a terribly literary type of writer, and some people may disagree […]

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Zweig, Stefan

Chess – Stefan Zweig

Chess or Chess Story is a novella by Stefan Zweig, a German-speaking Austrian author. It’s been published by a few of my favorite publishers, as pictured above, i.e. NYRB Classics, Pushkin Press, though I read the more humble edition published by Penguin: The book is tiny. With 80 pages long, I wondered how it managed […]

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Jackson, Shirley

The Lottery and Other Stories – Shirley Jackson

I read The Lottery short story a few years ago and found it to be one of the most memorable short story I’ve ever read. If you have not, go read it NOW. You only get the greatest impact however if you go in without knowing anything about it, as I did. So if you’ve […]

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Miller, Arthur

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller (Play)

Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. I read this play script right before I watched the stage play in London at The Noël Coward Theatre. It’s only about 100 pages […]

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Bioy Casares, Adolfo

The Invention of Morel – Adolfo Bioy Casares

This is one of those rare occasions in which I manage to read something for a bookish blogging community event AND write about it. Said event is Spanish Lit Month 2015, organized by Richard and Stu. The timing is just perfect, as I’d been meaning to read this book. Also long story short, I have […]