Book Porn in honor of my mother’s 29th (to the nth power) birthday

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Works in French (Stendahl, Hugo, Balzac, and La Bruyere), Spanish (Prado Bazan, de Espronceda), and selections of Grimm’s Fairy Tales in German.

Went shopping in Nashville, in part to buy a book for my mother’s birthday, but also to restock the “rainy day” reading selection.  Most of these pictured are from today’s McKay’s round, but some I had ordered online days before (pictures 3 and 6 and the second book in 5).

Two DeLillo books, so I can pretend to keep up with Paul’s upcoming reviews on Gogol’s Overcoat.

The Roth will also be part of my pretensions of keeping up with Paul’s reviews of Roth.  The Wagner won the 2011 Prix Utopiales award in France, among other works.  Very good through 50 pages.

Even though I’ve already read this Eco novel in both the Italian original and Spanish, I want to evaluate the English translation, as it was recently nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award.  The Youmans book deals with the Civil War, so I thought I’d read it and see if my father might want to read it later.

Been meaning to read more of Kobo Abe’s work.  The Mysliwski is also up for a translation award.

Both the Appelfeld and Al-Jubouri are candidates for translation prizes.  The Al-Jubouri is an outstanding poetry collection which I likely will review sometime in the next few weeks on Gogol’s Overcoat.

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