I have never joined in on anything like this before, but next month I will take part in the German Literature Month event hosted by Caroline of Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Lizzy of Lizzy’s Literary Life.
The program look as follows
- to be honest; the scale of it all is about to frighten me off and out before I’ve even started…
Week 1 German Literature
Maybe you like Thomas Mann or you are a fan of Genazino. Now’s the time to share this.
- I prefer contemporary, and have been wanting and meaning to read Jenny Erpenbeck for quite some time now, this is an excellent opportunity to get going:
- The Old Child and the Book of Words
Week 2 Crime Fiction
- I never read crime fiction, almost never – I’m much too easily scared …
- But I’ve got this odd crush on Austrian literature at the moment, so I might stretch the Austrian-theme a bit longer than intended by the organizers. My plan is to finish a book I started on some months ago
- Peter Handke: Mein Jahr in der Niemandsbucht. Ein Märchen aus den neuen Zeiten or Mitt år i Ingemannsbukten (Norwegian)
Week 3 Austria and Switzerland
- As already mentioned, I’ve got this “thing” on Austria. I spend a week in Bad Gastein last winter, and a summer week in Vienna. And I really liked it, both the mountains and the city. Therefore: Week three is my favorite week (in advance …)
- In week 3 I plan to read a novel by an (positively meant) exceptionally weird author:
- Marlen Haushofer: The Loft
- Hm, if I’m still alive by week 4 …, my plan is to read a modern classic:
- Ingeborg Bachmann: Simultan (Do I have to mention that also Bachmann was born in Austria…?)
Week 5 Read As You Please and Wrap Up
Wrap up week is a chance to read and review whatever you like. I’ll go for something that hasn’t been translated yet.
- as you might have noted by now, I was exhausted already at week 4 – .
- BUT I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT ALL!