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About meThe picture shows the Great Hall of the Austrian National Library which combines some of my things favourite: architecture, art, knowledge, history, museums, Vienna and books (The Austrian National Library's core comes courtesy of Prince Eugene, just as the Library of Congress was built on Thomas Jefferson's library; incidentally, these two are my heroes). Originally of Swiss stock, I am currently living in Vienna, Austria.

About my libraryThe entered books represent my interest in history, management and organization, natural science, literature and art (Missing are the German and French canon, some Italian and most Latin classics, whose future I see as e-texts as soon as a decent and cheap e-reader becomes available.).

Literature in English, German and French probably matches the canon. This is also the area where I have a large backlog in catalogueing. My favourite novels are Microserfs by Douglas Coupland, The Cider House Rules by John Irving, The Human Stain by Philip Roth, Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos and most works by Vladimir Nabokov, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges and Stefan Zweig. If it is an Entwicklungsroman and it includes arcane knowledge, I will probably like it. Poetrywise, it is William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Charles Baudelaire, Robert Frost, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jacques Prévert.

History, in particular social history, institutional history and the history of ideas. My favourites are Samuel Finer's three volume comparative History of Government and NAM Rodger's The Command of the Ocean.

Military history (tagging incomplete) and strategy with a special focus on the US Civil War, Swiss and Italian medieval/renaissance history (only partially catalogued), the War of the Spanish Succession and the Great Northern War, the Japanese Sengoku Jidai and the Chinese Three Kingdoms (just starting). I like tactical and operational studies with a decision-making emphasis and great maps.

Visual design combines the topics of architecture (including some books on interior design) and graphic design and information presentation (such as Tufte's magnificent works). Absolute favourites are Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language and Leonardo Benevolo's History of the City.

Management covers decision-making, organization and leadership as well as mundane skills such as presenting, project management etc.

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de - a book in German, fr - French, it - Italian, and so on;

Current and past LT projects
Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio Read along
Story of the Stone, Red Chamber Read along, ch. 1-60, ch. 61-120
Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Read along Vol. I, Vol. II, Vol . III, Vol. IV
¶ Legacies: Thomas Mann (complete), Richard III (complete), Heinrich Bullinger (complete), Helene Hanff (partial, complete), Prince Eugene (struggling with 15.000 records)

For 2014, I will publish an English translation of the diary of the journey around the world by Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914). Please visit: franzferdinandsworld.com.

Comments and corrections welcome.

GroupsAmerican Civil War, Ancient China, Ancient History, Architext, Evolve!, German Library Thingers, INTJ, Japanese Culture, Legacy Libraries, LibraryThing in Germanshow all groups

Favorite authorsAmbrose Bierce, Jorge Luis Borges, S. E. Finer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Richard Friedenthal, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Michel de Montaigne, Vladimir Nabokov, Barbara W. Tuchman, Stefan Zweig (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAntiquariat Schleifer, Bücher-Brocky, Buchlandung - Mariahilfer Straße, Franz Leo & Comp KG, Rita H. Schnellmann Altstadt Antiquariat

Favorite librariesÖsterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Universitätsbibliothek Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Zentralbibliothek Zürich

Homepagehttp://www.jcbrunner.info

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Real nameJean-Claude Brunner

LocationVienna, Austria

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Member sinceJan 21, 2006

Currently readingDie Geburt des Meters. by Denis Guedj
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Francesco Petrarca. Ein Intellektueller im Europa des 14. Jahrhunderts. by Karlheinz Stierle
Walther Rathenau Deutscher und Jude by Wolfgang Brenner
Jung : A Biography by Deirdre Bair
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