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TagsBritain (283), Australia (202), NYRB (162), French literature (145), Scandinavia (143), Russia (139), Ozlit (138), German literature (132), France (131), Nobel laureate (125) — see all tags

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About meI'm married with two Danish-Australian children, Anna (14) and Carl (11). I work as an international legal advisor for the Danish Institute for Human Rights, with current projects in Vietnam, China, Albania and Central Asia

About my libraryI've enjoyed reading books, for work and for pleasure, as long as I can remember. Its something my parents instilled in me and which I would like to pass on to my own two children.

My library is a conglomeration of influences from places I have lived, countries visited, friends old and new, and, not least, my own imaginings of other lives that might be lived, places not yet explored. My parents gave me English classics to read. I read a lot more English literature at university, and in my spare time some Russian and French classics. Only later did I start exploring Ozlit, and even later again, the literatures of Southern, Eastern, and, most important of all, Central Europe.

'There are those stateless wanderers who, finding the larger world into which they have stumbled vast, varied and exciting, become confused in their loyalties and lose their sense of home. I am one of those wanderers.'
Brian Moore

'I suppose it was then that I became acquainted with the process of reading, reading for nothing in particular, an experience in no way compatible with the experience of reading as it is generally understood and designated, the sort of reading bouts, or mania for reading, which might overcome a person at best just once or twice in a lifetime.'
Imre Kertesz, The Union Jack

'Our "One Hundred Best Books" need not be yours, nor yours ours; the essential thing is that in this brief interval between darkness and darkness, which we call our life, we should be thrillingly and passionately amused ... for the only unpardonable sin is the sin of taking this passing world too gravely.'
John Cowper Powys, One Hundred Best Books

GroupsAnd Other Stories, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Australian LibraryThingers, Author Theme Reads, Books Compared, Club Read 2014, Fans of Russian authors, French Connection, Friends of Mary Ann Evans, Hungarian - Magyarshow all groups

Favorite authorsThea Astley, Sergei Dovlatov, George Eliot, Richard Ford, Vassili Grossman, Thomas Hardy, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Bohumil Hrabal, Imre Kertész, Mario Vargas Llosa, Andreï Makine, David Malouf, Orhan Pamuk, Leo Perutz, Joseph Roth, Leonardo Sciascia, W. G. Sebald, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Tarjei Vesaas, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)

Favorite publishersNYRB Classics

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Currently readingA Dark Stranger by Julien Gracq
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ah well, Venice/Vienna. Anyway I move to Spoleto in Umbria next week, so that should make it cleared. I don't know the Szerb book. I will look into it, thanks Paul
HI Paul

Thanks for writing back. I actually have read almost every book I have, but I think this is because i travel so much that I have much time for reading.

I do like Central European literature. I worked in Central Europe for almost 4 years and then in Macedonia for 2 years.

I tire of traveling as well. Africa is the same time zone, but i spend too many nights on planes.

I live in Venice, not Vienna. I am moving to Umbria next week.


Nice library. I am an American and live in Italy. I'm an economist and work on climate related projects in Africa.

Paul Parks
Hi Paul,

I notice you have a copy of The New Penguin Russian Course by Nicholas J Brown, which I also have and learned from.

Are you still studying Russian? If so, you might find Practical Russian Reader helpful. It is a new book of Russian short stories with helpful exercises.

Let me know what you think of it?

hi Paul, Thank you for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. I'm adding you to mine. My husband & I plan to visit Australia within the year and your "ozlit" tag comes up with many tantalizing titles! Didn't realize David Malouf was a poet. I recently read Remembering Babylon and really loved it! As for Nescio, meh....

Best wishes,
Hi Paul,

I noticed you are near the top of my list of weighted most similar collections. Of the books we share in common, which is quite a few, I note that the majority are interesting or unusual authors, topics or genres (i.e. not just common/mainstream ones!). We seem to have similar literary tastes. Anyway, happy reading and book collecting!

Charles Broughton
Hi Paul, I'm sure you will like Louis Couperus. I liked 'Eline Vere', but one of the shorter ones might be a good starting place, can't remember which I began with now. My favourite so far though is definitely the quartet 'The Book of the Dead Souls', which I plan to re-read this year.

I was part of campaign to free Irina Ratushinskaya back in the 80s, and vividly remember the day they released her from the gulag. She lived in the UK for a number of years, but I think then moved back to Russia.

Kind regards
Hi Paul, thanks for putting me on your interesting libraries list. We share a few books, not many of us with 'The Sorrowful Eyes of Hannah Karajich'.

Best wishes
Hi Paul,

Thanks for adding my library to your list of interesting ones. Yours is appealing as well, so I'll return the favor.

Thanks for pointing this out. I'll see what we can do. It's not so simple to add individual titles to this.

I just joined Librarything and noticed our libraries overlapped. Also I too work on international projects, now mainly on environment (Kyoto Protocol type) projects in Africa, but lots of different ones over the years.


Paul Parks
Thanks for your note Paul. You have three of my favourite authors above. I've yet to read Makine - hopefully this year.
Hi Paul,
Thanks for your message, and for the Sosekei recommendations. I will look out for them, I think he is readily available in Taiwan.

I like your review of The Tree of Man very much. I read Voss years and years ago, and was always struck by the genius of the opening in particular. I obviously need to read more PW.

I am enjoying browsing through your library!

Best wishes,

Yours is an interesting library as well and I think I will return the favor. I was looking through your Scandianavian, German and French lists. We share some books but there are a lot more we don't. Anyway I look at that as probably a good thing. I always like to find something new.
The World of Yesterday -- a really interesting book. I am also besotted with Central Europe and its literature, Zweig and Roth particularly, and in recent years, Sebald has give me more pleasure than any other writer. I'm chipping away at the German language and have just reached the point at which I can read a (short) novel auf Deutsch. I started with The Legend of the Holy Drinker. ( I'm Skinnersrow in Librarything; Skinners' Row was the name of my street in the 17th c. -- a leather making and tanning area with a book binding trade as well.)
All the best from Dublin, Kevin Honan
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