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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 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.

In some cases, I've read (or worse, only found) one or two authors in English. It's a pity because reading authors whose time, place, and situation are different from mine is one way to learn about the world--and myself.

I also enjoy a wide variety of non-fiction and drama as well and have a passion for poetry. When we moved (about 8 years ago now), it was to a smaller place and I have found that in addition to the limitations of space, I am beginning to run up against Time as well. It's simply not possible to read it all in the amount of time the actuaries tell me I probably have left (though I hasten to point out we are still talking a couple decades if I'm lucky). So I've starting donating whole portions of my collections--gave away about 500 books covering world history, have committed to donating a few hundred in religion and Holocaust books, and need to figure out what to do with the art books, etc. etc.

Favorite books: (in no particular order)
Naiyer Masud, Collected Stories
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, Zorba the Greek
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:
Peter Handke, Across
Andrey Platonov, The Foundation Pit
Mbarek Ould Beyrouk, The Desert and the Drum

Finished recently:
Primo Levi, A Tranquil Star
Honore de Balzac, Colonel Chabert
Chingiz Aitmatov, Jamilia
Marguerite Yourcenar, Oriental Tales
Nadine Gordimer, Crimes of Conscience: Selected Short Stories
Muhammad Kamil al-Khatib, Just Like a River
Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, The Three-Cornered Hat
Herta Muller, The Passport
Tracy Kidder, Old Friends
Rodrigo Rey Rosa, The African Shore
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street
Tobias Smollett, Roderick Random
Erwin Mortier, Shutterspeed
Yahya Hakki, The Lamp of Umm Hashim and other stories
Martin Andersen Nexø, Pelle the Conqueror
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer
Guido Morselli, Divertimento 1889
Ole Rolvaag, The Third Life of Per Smevik
Igor Stiks, A Castle in Romagna
Arthur Schnitzler, Flight Into Darkness
Adalbert Stifter, Tales of Vienna and other prose
Mohammed Hussein Haykal, Zainab
Robert Olen Butler, A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain
Robert Olen Butler, Perfume River
Naiyer Masud, Collected Stories
Lima Barreto, The Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma
Jiri Weil, Life With A Star
Ilango Adigal, Shilappadikaram
Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See
E.M. Forster, Howards End
Jane Austen, Emma
Philippe Claudel, Monsieur Linh and His Child

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, Naiyer Masud, 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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LocationChicago, Illinois

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