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About meMy passions are traveling, food (, photography, foreign films, used-book shopping, music (especially classical and gypsy music from Hungary and Romania) and, of course, reading. If I’m not actively engaged in one of the above, I’m probably sleeping.

Finally, for those who have commented on the tag distribution above, there's another 1,000 or so books I haven't managed to catalog yet: most of the non-fiction. More than seven years after we moved, still not unpacked. If there aren't shelves, there's nowhere to put them, so...someday.... Otherwise, I believe (hope) that most of the rest of the world is catalogued.

(Jalâl âl-e Ahmad, 1923-1969)
"...All the letters in the world number thirty-two, from alef to yeh, from beginning to end.... From the words of all that has been said by the philosophers, to the words with which the poets have filled their texts, even to that which you students read and I have have written in my lifetime...all the sayings and speeches of the world are made up of these thirty-two letters.... Whatever curses or profanity there are, or sacred utterings, even the grand secret name of God...are all written with these thirty-two letters.... Do not be blinded by this little bit of knowledge and deny the truth. Remember, too, that these thirty-two letters are also tools for the devil's work. The death sentences of the innocent and guilty alike are written with these very letters. Since this is the way things are, heaven forbid that your pen ever write unjustly or that these letters in your hands or on paper ever become a tool for the devil's work."

(James Michener, 1907-1997)
"They will live a long time, these men of the South Pacific. They had an American quality. They, like their victories, will be remembered as long as our generation lives. After that, like the men of the Confederacy, they will become strangers. Longer and longer shadows will obscure them, until their Guadalcanal sounds distant on the ear like Shiloh and Valley Forge."

(Hermann Hesse, 1877-1962)
“I believe that the petal of a flower or a tiny worm on the path says far more, contains far more, than all the books in the library. One cannot say very much with mere letters and words. Sometimes I’ll be writing a Greek letter, a theta or an omega, and tilt my pen just the slightest bit; suddenly the letter has a tail and becomes a fish; in a second it evokes all the streams and rivers of the world, all that is cool and humid, Homer’s sea and the water on which Saint Peter wandered; or it becomes a bird; flaps its tail, shakes out its feathers, puffs itself up, laughs, flies away. You probably don’t appreciate letters like that very much, do you...? But I say: with them God wrote the world.”

About my libraryI am especially fond of non-U.S. fiction. I read American fiction too, but find that I much prefer non-U.S. authors.
I find I learn more that way--probably also why I love traveling so much. This little map covers the homes (sometimes the birthplaces) of the authors represented in my library. No goals--but I do hope to expand it a bit more.

I also enjoy a wide variety of non-fiction and drama as well and have a passion for poetry. In point of fact, the stuff that hasn't been unpacked since we moved (it's only been 7 years) includes virtually all of my American fiction, my Judaica, some lit crit, and all of my art books.

Favorite books: (in no particular order)
JMG Le Clezio, The Prospector
Homer, The Iliad
Ivan Turgenev, A Hunter's Sketches
Dino Buzzati, The Tartar Steppe
Siegfried Lenz, The Heritage
Elsa Morante, History
Bibhutibhushan Banerji, Pather Panchali and Aparajito
Gustaw Herling, The Island
Nikos Kazantzakis, Saint Francis
Karel Schoeman, This Life
James Michener, Tales of the South Pacific
Stijn Streuvels, The Long Road
Shusaku Endo, Silence
Jan Neruda, Prague Tales
Naguib Mahfouz, Children of Gebelaawi
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

Currently reading:
Zoran Zivkovic, Impossible Stories II
Jiri Weil, Life With A Star
Ilango Adigal, Shilappadikaram

Finished recently:
Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See
E.M. Forster, Howards End
Jane Austen, Emma
Philippe Claudel, Monsieur Linh and His Child
Tan Twan Eng, The Gift of Rain
Maria Dermout, The Ten Thousand Things
Audur Ava Olafsdottir, Butterflies in November
Ondjaki, Good Morning Comrades
Christophe Bataille, Annam
R.K. Narayan, Swami and Friends
Damon Galgut, The Good Doctor
Irmgard Keun, Child of All Nations
Damon Galgut, The Quarry
Nikolai Gogol, Tales
Evald Flisar, My Father's Dreams
Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew
Mia Couto, Rain and other stories
E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease
Konstantinos Theotokis, Slaves In Their Chains
Amy Tan, The Valley of Amazement
Jean Giono, A King Alone
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders
Heinrich Boll, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
Karel Schoeman, Another Country
Erri de Luca, Sea of Memory
Marc Dugain, The Officers' Ward
Danilo Kis, The Encyclopedia of the Dead
Menyhert Lakatos, The Color of Smoke
Jeremias Gotthelf, The Black Spider
Ignacy Krasicki, The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom
Jose Tomas de Cuellar, The Magic Lantern
Bashkim Shehu, The Last Journey of Ago Ymeri
Sandor Marai, Embers
Hubert Mingarelli, A Meal in Winter
I.L. Peretz, Selected Stories
Alejandro Zambra, The Private Lives of Trees
Mohammed el-Bisatie, A Last Glass of Tea and other stories
Albert Camus, The Stranger
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
Leonid Yuzefovich, Horsemen of the Sands
Tomas Gonzalez, In the Beginning Was the Sea
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Weep Not, Child
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Antonio Tabucchi, Requiem
Isak Dinesen, Anecdotes of Destiny & Ehrengard
Fulvio Tomizza, Materada
Karel Schoeman, Promised Land
Zoran Živković, Time Gifts
Drago Jančar, The Prophecy and other stories
Natsume Soseki, Botchan
Jean Giono, The Solitude of Compassion
Jan Potocki, The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

GroupsAfrican/African American Literature, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Central/Eastern European History, Chicagoans, Cookbookers, Czech books, Early Reviewers, Fans of Russian authors, French literature, 19th & 20th century, Indian Authorsshow all groups

Favorite authorsBibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Lawrence Durrell, Shūsaku Endō, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, Hermann Hesse, Ismail Kadare, Nikos Kazantzakis, Imre Kertész, Pär Lagerkvist, Siegfried Lenz, Amin Maalouf, Naguib Mahfouz, Natsume Sōseki, William Shakespeare, Wallace Stegner, Stijn Streuvels, Rabindranath Tagore, Ivan Turgenev (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAmaranth Books, Dom Knigi (House of Books/ Дом Книги at 62 Nevsky), Librairie Gourmande, Myopic Books, Seminary Co-op Bookstore

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