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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 history; more than five 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."

(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 and British fiction, a large poetry collection, a huge collection of history, 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 & The Last Temptation of Christ
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:
Jan Potocki, The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
Adolfo Bioy Casares, A Russian Doll and other stories
Augusto Monterroso, Complete Works And Other Stories

Finished recently:
Cesare Pavese, The Moon and the Bonfires
Yasushi Inoue, The Counterfeiter and other stories
Yasunari Kawabata, Thousand Cranes
Duong Thu Huong, Paradise of the Blind
Philip Jeyaretnam, Abraham's Promise
Abdallah al-Nasser, The Tree and other stories
Anak Agung Pandji Tisna, The Rape of Sukreni
Romesh Gunesekera, Monkfish Moon
Kwee Tek Hoay, The Rose of Cikembang
Ian McEwan, Atonement
Tomas Gonzalez, The Storm
Dino Buzzati, Restless Nights: Selected Stories
Robert Walser, Jacob von Gunten (one-third was all I could read)
Mario Delgado Aparain, The Ballad of Johnny Sosa
Honore de Balzac, Cousin Bette
Marguerite Duras, The Lover
Adalbert Stifter, Brigitta and other Tales
Max Frisch, Homo Faber
Peter Abrahams, Mine Boy
J.M.G. LeClezio, The Round & Other Cold Hard Facts
Roger Martin du Gard, The Thibaults
Jens Peter Jacobsen, Niels Lyhne
Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World
Sigrid Nunez, A Feather on the Breath of God
Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of the Hills
Samuel Johnson, Rasselas
Joseph Conrad, Victory
Karel Schoeman, This Life
Theodor Fontane, Effi Briest
Rudyard Kipling, Mine Own People

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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