Judith Hermann: Alice. Ten years ago I read a book by Hermann called: Summerhouse, later (2001, HarperCollins). I remember it as a beautiful collection of melancholic short stories. Since not reading German, I was very happy to find her latest collection of stories, Alice (2009), translated into Danish. Alice is five short stories about Alice, or five stories about the death of five men that Alice used to know. In spite of the theme it’s not very dark, I would rather called it a reflection on life and death.
Jean Echenoz: Ravel (Forgotten on the beach… I had still 20 pages to go) This is the second of Echenoz’s novels I’m reading this year. I really like his way of putting big thoughts into short sentences!
Hermione Lee: Body Parts. Reading this very well written book on an off. Have started with her chapters on Virginia Woolf: “Virginia Woolf’s Nose” (I will write more on this soon), “On being ill” and “Reading in bed”. Enjoying this book a lot!
Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway. Couldn’t keep myself from reading this again, after having read “Virginia Woolf’s Nose”. A small, but comprehensive book store in Stradun, Dubrovnik, had a copy for me – isn’t that just marvelous?!