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Bottom’s Dream

A major literary event has taken place ( unbeknownst to the main stream literary circles ): John E. Woods has finally translated the Opus Magnum by Arno Schmidt “Zettel’s Traum” ( Bottom’s Dream ). One of the seminal books in the 20th century.The price is amazingly low,far cheaper than the German original. I would rank […]

“Ausloeschung” ( Extinction ) by Thomas Bernhard

This by far longest single novel by Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard is probably also his most accomplished effort in his typical discipline of acutely observing and vivisecting the absurdities and vicious banalities if life. What makes his last novel  special is that it provides an in depth look on the topic ‘family’, and he keeps – unlike […]

The American Interest

Not exactly a book recommendation,but one of the most intelligent magazines around. The title “The American Interest” is somewhat misleading, as it is a magazine highly critical of the US and its establishment, but the quality of its articles is superb. Here is a taster: a sharp and crisp article about the phenomenon of “crony […]

Austerlitz

Very  rare and interesting short film about W G Sebald’s book “Austerlitz”. It was Sebald’s last major novel and in this fascinating film some of the traces of that book are followed. Highly recommended !

www.aldaily.com

This must be the most interesting all-round  website in English language for all matters regarding  cultural and political affairs. Founded by the late Dennis Dutton, a former colleague of mine at the University of Canterbury and a world wide renowned cultural philosopher ( I most highly recommend his seminal book ‘The Art Instinct’ . http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/books/review/Gottlieb-t.html?_r=0  ). […]

Sebald und Kant

 For German speaking folks: ”Jetzund kömpt die Nacht herbey – Ansichten aus dem Leben und Sterben des Immanuel Kant” is the title of the only so far unpublished film script by the German writer W G Sebald. The WDR ( West German Broadcast ) has produced a radioplay based on this script by Claudia Johanna Leist. A remarkable […]

Thomas Bernhard

A collection of interesting Film documents about Thomas Bernhard, the most  important postwar German speaking  writer  in the 20th century. His last major novel ”Ausloeschung” is one of the true great books  of modern literature. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction_(Bernhard_novel)  

Bill Bryson

For a light hearted  and funny read try Bill Bryson’s “The Road to Little Dribbling “, an utterly charming book about England.The man is clearly in love with that particular subject ( so am I, it is by far the most inspiring and wonderfully eccentric country in Europe ) and it is ideal for creating many smiles […]

W G Sebald

It was one of the privileges in my life having  been in contact with W G Sebald and exchanging letters over the subject of music shortly before his untimely death. Sebald comes from the same background as I do , the so called ‘Oberallgaeu’, where the city of Sonthofen sits at its very centre, he was […]