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Mar 5, 2007
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Dave
About My Library

I have always enjoyed reading fiction, especially fiction by authors outside the USA. I read American fiction too, occasionally, but much prefer non-U.S. authors because 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. I do hope to expand it a bit more.




In some cases, I've read (or worse, only found) one or two authors from the countries represented are available 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 ten 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; the current dilemma is figuring out worthy "destinations" for the art books, cookbooks, poetry, etc. etc. There just isn't space!

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
Ivo Andric, The Bridge on the Drina
Siegfried Lenz, The Heritage
Elsa Morante, History
Johannes Jensen, The Fall of the King
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Pather Panchali
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
Karel Schoeman, This Life
Ismail Kadare,The Three-Arched Bridge
Jean Giono, Harvest
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:
Lawrence Durrell, Clea
Mongo Beti, King Lazarus

Finished (in reverse order) since January 1, 2022:
Rosetta Loy, The Dust Roads of Monferrato
Anatole France, Penguin Island
Lawrence Durrell, Mountolive
Cesar Aira, The Literary Conference
S.Y. Agnon, To this Day
Magda Szabo, The Door
David Malouf, The Great World
Mohammad Abdul Wali, They Die Strangers
Eca de Queiros, The Maias
Radwa Ashour, Siraaj
Nathacha Appanah, The Last Brother
Rafik Schami, Damascus Nights
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, The Lord Chandos Letter and other writings
Atiq Rahimi, The Patience Stone
E.M. Forster, A Room With A View
Peter Kimani, Dance of the Jakaranda
Anatole France, Balthasar
Ignazio Silone, Fontamara
Bapsi Sidhwa, The Crow Eaters
William Heinesen, The Lost Musicians
Chinua Achebe, A Man of the People
Andrei Makine, Music of a Life
Bahaa Taher, As Doha Said
Ben Okri, Stars of the New Curfew
Abdelrahman Munif, Endings
Werner Bergengruen, Adalbert Stifter, Maria von Ebner-Eschenbach, Three Obscurities From the Borderlands
Nabil Saleh, The Qadi and the Fortune Teller
Ibrahim al-Koni, The Bleeding of the Stone
Gao Xingjian, Buying A Fishing Rod For My Grandfather
Machado de Assis, Epitaph of a Small Winner (aka Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas)
Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero
Eca de Queiros, Alves & Co. and other stories
Romesh Gunesekera, Noontide Toll
Nikos Kazantzakis, The Fratricides
Honore de Balzac, Cousin Pons
Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar
J.M. Coetzee, Life & Times of Michael K
Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer
Anatole France, At the Sign of the Reine Pedauque
Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes
Cesare Pavese, The House on the Hill
Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
Jean Giono, The Open Road
Karel Čapek, Hordubal
Carmen Boullosa, Texas: The Great Theft
Giulio Mozzi, This Is The Garden
Jean Echenoz, I'm Gone
Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma
Stefan Zweig, The Royal Game and other stories
Leo Tolstoy, Selected Short Stories
Vladimir Voinovich, The Fur Hat
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Satan in Goray
Ahmadou Kourouma, The Suns of Independence
Zsigmond Moricz, The Torch
Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Bediako Asare, Rebel
Ogai Mori, The Wild Geese

Acerca de mí

My passions are traveling, food (http://www.lthforum.com), photography, foreign films, used-book shopping, music (especially classical and gypsy music from Hungary and Romania) and, of course, reading (http://worldliteratureforum.com). Indeed, for those who are interested, there is a core of folks from all around the world at World Literature Forum constantly discussing books; if you're at all interested (or think you might be), by all means, come and visit; we'd love to welcome you! If I’m not actively engaged in one of the above, I’m probably sleeping.

I started a commonplace book years ago but neglected to maintain it...one of my great regrets. There's no way to go back in time, so I use this site to keep a few very meaningful sentences in front of me at all times....

from THE HOME AND THE WORLD
(রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর [Rabindranath Tagore], 1861-1941)
"'I am willing,' he said, 'to serve my country; but my worship I reserve for Right which is far greater than my country. To worship my country as a god is to bring a curse upon it."

from BY THE PEN
(جلالآلاحمد [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 God...to 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."

from TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
(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."

from NARCISSUS AND GOLDMUND
(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.”

from "HONEY-BEE"
(Anatole France, 1844-1924)
“I have shown you all you wished to see, and now that you know all I can add nothing more. It's nothing to me whether you liked what you saw; it is enough to know that what you saw was the truth. Science neither cares to please nor displease. She is inhuman. It is not science but poetry that charms and consoles. And that is why poetry is more necessary than science."

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Evanston, Illinois [near Chicago]
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Librerías: Amaranth Books, City Lights Books, Dom Knigi (House of Books/ Дом Книги at 62 Nevsky), Librairie Gourmande, Myopic Books, Seminary Co-op Bookstore

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