Burning the old year

Hello, lovely bookish folks! Another reading year has flashed by! It’s time to look back over the books we’ve read in 2016 and pick our favourites. Firstly, let’s do our usual Math, shall we? Numbers According to Goodreads, this year I’ve read 95 books, comprising a total of 24.360 pages.  Most of the books were backlisted…

Making sugar out of light

[A weekly compilation of random things] A poem “‘The trees, good Seraphim, begin to sing at dawn about making sugar out of light’ (…)” (Rae Armantrout, ‘Traffic’. Granta, December, 5th, 2016) Arnon Grunberg on the rise of populism “(…) Voters do not pick populist parties for want of more democracy but rather the opposite. See…

Everyone was fleeing and everything was temporary

Dear Anna, Do you know this feeling we have when something terrible happens in a dream and we must scream or run, but we find ourselves suddenly unable to do it? We have no voice, or our legs are suddenly unbearably heavy. This feeling of being trapped: that’s the stuff your novel Transit (tr. Margot…

Anna Seghers

Anna Seghers (pseudonym; neé Anna Netty Reiling, 19 November 1900 – 1 June 1983) was a German writer. Anna was born in Mainz into a Jewish family. She studied History, History of art and Chinese in Cologne and Heidelberg, and in 1924 she completed her doctorate at the University of Heidelberg with a dissertation on Jews and Judaism in…