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Friend Request by Laura Marshall (2017)beautyisasleepingcat

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:48:05 +0000

Would you believe it – there’s finally a psychological crime novel whose premise is so original that it isn’t constantly compared to Girl on a Train/Gone Girl  . . . The book in question is Laura Marshall’s début Friend Request. I’d been aware of the novel since last year when it was shortlisted for the […](image)

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Lion Feuchtwanger: The Oppermanns – Die Geschwister Oppermann (1933) Literature and War Readalong November 2017beautyisasleepingcat

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:01:49 +0000

When Lion Feuchtwanger left Germany in 1933 for a trip to the UK and the US, he didn’t think that he would never return to his home country. While abroad, he said to people that “Hitler is over”. When Hitler then became Chancellor – Reichskanzler – in 1933, Feuchtwanger’s opinion changed considerably. “Hitler means war” […](image)

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Winner Announcement – German Literature Giveaway – Old Rendering Plant by Wolfgang Hilbigbeautyisasleepingcat

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:00:57 +0000

The following two of my readers have each won a copy of Wolfgang Hilbig’s Old Rendering Plant. TJ (My Bookstrings) and Brian from Brian’s Babbling Books. Congratulations, TJ and Brian. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the book. Please send me your addresses via beautyisasleepingcat at gmail dot com or via Twitter DM. Two Lines […](image)

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German Literature Giveaway – Old Rendering Plant by Wolfgang Hilbigbeautyisasleepingcat

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:26:27 +0000

Today I have a special treat for fans of W.G Sebald, László Krasznahorkai, and the movies of Andrei Tarkovsky. Two Lines Press, a program of the Center for the Art of Translation, is generously sponsoring a giveaway of two copies of Wolfgang Hilbig’s Old Rendering Plant. Hilbig was born in East Germany but emigrated to West Germany […](image)

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The Nameless Day – Der namenlose Tag by Friedrich Ani (2015) Jakob Franck Series Ibeautyisasleepingcat

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:35:59 +0000

Last May I read my first Friedrich Ani and was extremely impressed (here’s the review). I knew I would read another one of his novels before long. This time I chose the first in the Jakob Franck series, The Nameless Day – Der namenlose Tag. The novel was published in Germany in 2015. The English translation […](image)

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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell (2017)beautyisasleepingcat

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:20:05 +0000

I never thought I would love The Diary of a Bookseller so much. I discovered Shaun Bythell ‘s book on Jen Campbell’s YouTube channel. She knew him because she interviewed him way back when she wrote The Bookshop Book. Possibly he was also a contributor to her Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops. Shaun Bythell […](image)

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Welcome to German Literature Monthbeautyisasleepingcat

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:00:07 +0000

I can’t believe it’s already November. And I can equally not believe how unprepared I am this year. Usually I’ve already read a few books for German Literature Month before it even began. Or at least I’ve made a long list. Not so this time. I think I got a bit discouraged when I realized […](image)

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