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CollectionsYour library (4,502), Currently reading (14), To read (492), Antiquity (113), Middle Ages (90), Renaissance (87), France XVIIeme (22), France XVIIIeme (35), 19th Century Fiction (325), 20th Century Fiction (1,742), 21st Century Fiction (142), Fiction (2,413), Poetry (261), 20th Century Poetry (122), Theatre (136), History (267), Art (394), Art - Studio Shelf (61), Cookbooks (83), Reference Shelf (165), Bandes dessinées, Comics, Graphic Novels (295), e-books (15), Unread (1,560), Wishlist (1), Read but unowned (35), Favorites (117), All collections (4,531)


Tags20th Century (3,203), Fiction (2,664), Non-Fiction (1,569), UK literature (720), US literature (578), 19th Century (424), Art (422), Folio Society (404), French literature (328), 21st Century (312) — see all tags

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About meI come from a family of writers, teachers and philosophers - bookworms all. All of them have their own ever-expanding collections, but I seem to be the most afflicted.

Luckily my wife loves books as much as I do, reads twice as much as me, but only rarely buys any. In the rare cases that she reproaches me for extravagant purchases, I can always point out that they are for 'us'.

About my libraryIt has taken over our apartment. Despite Regular culling (and two major reductions made necessary by trans-Atlantic moves) it has grown to over 4000 volumes.
It is housed in 14 Billy bookcases, stacked on tables and on the floor.

The books in in 'My Library' are all currently in our possession. I have not entered the hundreds of books read on loan from libraries, friends or photocopied from teachers' rare copies. I have started to include books read and then given away to friends, family or charity shops (or in the case of my childhood books, simply read to pieces)in the 'read but unowned' category. This is in preparation of a new cull I'm planning.

GroupsAncient China, Anglophiles, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books on Books, Comics, Deep South, DimSum Thing, Fine Press Forum, Folio Society devoteesshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Paul Auster, Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Paul Bowles, Mikhail Bulgakov, Dino Buzzati, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Elias Canetti, Joseph Conrad, Michael Dibdin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Lawrence Durrell, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Gustave Flaubert, Nikolai Gogol, Edward Gorey, Joseph Heller, Patricia Highsmith, Franz Kafka, Malcolm Lowry, Thomas Mann, Herman Melville, Haruki Murakami, Georges Perec, Leo Perutz, Frederic Prokosch, Stendhal, Tom Stoppard, Boris Vian, François Villon, Kurt Vonnegut, Marguerite Yourcenar (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAkateeminen kirjakauppa - Helsinki, Antikvariaatti Syvä uni, Arkadia International Bookshop, Ateneumin taidekirjakauppa (Ateneum Bookshop), C. Hagelstamin Antikvaarinen Kirjakauppa, David Mirvish Books, Galignani, Laterna Magica, Librairie La Hune, Pitkämies, Powell's City of Books (Portland), The Folio Society, Village Voice Bookshop, Waterstone's Oxford

Favorite librariesBibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (BDG), Helsingin kaupunginkirjasto - Rikhardinkadun kirjasto, Kansalliskirjasto (The National Library of Finland)

Other favoritesMarché du livre ancien et d'occasion du Parc Georges Brassens


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Member sinceApr 5, 2009

Currently readingLes Essais (mis en français moderne par Claude Pinganaud) by Michel de Montaigne
The Anatomy of Melancholy (New York Review Books Classics) by Robert Burton
A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust
Quicksilver (Baroque Cycle 1) by Neal Stephenson
The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch
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Impressive library, and your art is fantastic.
Hallo, madA, couldn't help noticing you added lots of Folios I happened to post about in the FS group! If that's the source of your inspiration, I sure hope you like them and don't curse me for leading you into a spending spree. :)
I uploaded a cover of this book if you are interested.
Noticed you liked Out by Natsuo Kirino, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here, as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also gritty, a bit violent, and a bit dark :) I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the novel before you commit.


thanks for adding me - I am interested to see we also share several non-FS books such as Faeries and the Robert Olen Butler(my copy is in French).
You do seem like an intersting gentleman and have a very intersting library. I would like to invite you to my thread that I feel you might find interesing. Looking forward so seeing you there
You seem to have lots of NYRB Classics in your collection, as well as good taste in books. Which makes you an excellent candidate for the NYRB group here. Join if you're interested!

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