5 favoritter fra 2017

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Sommetider tager jeg mig selv i at fokusere meget på de bøger, jeg gerne vil læse i fremtiden og helt glemme at se tilbage på de bøger, jeg allerede har læst og som fortjener at blive husket. Nu har jeg set tilbage på 2017 og fundet frem til mine fem favoritter.

 

Har døden taget noget fra dig så giv det tilbage af Naja Marie Aidt

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I 2015 døde Naja Marie Aidts søn Carl i en tragisk ulykke. Har døden taget noget fra dig så giv det tilbage er et indblik i smerten ved at miste et barn. Bogen er et gennemgående paradoks, hvor smerten, som beskrives, er for tung og intens til at blive beskrevet. Det resulterer i en hjerteskærende collage af både ældre og nyere dagbogsnotater, erindringer, citater fra litterære stemmer og beskrivelser af Carl. Collagens fragmenter udtrykkes ved de forskellige tekststørrelser og typer samt placeringen på siden – som er de faldet tilfældigt ned over papiret som blækfyldte tårer.

Hvor der er fugle af Maren Uthaug

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Address Unknown af Kathrine Pressman Taylor

Address Unknown er en fiktiv brevudveksling mellem en jødisk kunsthandler i San Fransisco og hans tidligere kollega, som i 1933 vender tilbage til Tyskland. Det varme venskab mellem de to er tydeligt i begyndelsen, men det tager et ubehagelig og forfærdende tvist idet nazismen breder sig i Tyskland.

Never Let Me Go af Kazuo Ishiguro

Bogen "Never Let Me Go" af Kazoo Ishiguro med havet som baggrund

Never Let Me Go foregår i et dystopisk version af 1990’erne. Historien er fantastisk, men det er umuligt at sige noget uden at afsløre for meget.

Tine af Herman Bang

Tine arbejder som hushjælp hos Skovrider Berg og hans familie. Her har hun et godt forhold til familien, og da krigen bryder ud i 1864 bliver hun hos Skovrideren, mens resten af familien rejser i sikkerhed. Krigens trøstesløshed rykker ved både Tine og Skovriderens liv og følelser, og et skæbnesvangert drama udfolder sig. Hjerteskærende bog, som jeg ikke kan anbefale nok. Herman Bang tryller med ord.

Hvilke favoritter har du fra 2017? 

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  1. Hi Ida,
    I’m happy to read that you put Katherine Kressman Taylor’s story in letters “Adress unknown” to your favourite novels in 2017. It is one of the books, I’m deeply emotional linked because it was a little bit a deja vu for me.
    Answering your question which favourite books I have in 2017 here is my list:
    • First of all, the volumes 4, 5 and 6 of Knausgard’s “My struggle”. I have to confess that reading volume 6 was a rather tricky matter – it was my own struggle, maybe comparable to your difficulties. But it was worthy of reading. I think rereading is necessary. As an example, I remember his approximately 40 pages analysis of Paul Celan’s poem “Engführung”. What an encyclopedic knowledge is necessary to understand such a poem. And then always the breaks where the reader is confronted with the author’s individual situations. It makes the reading of a real Sisyphus job. I had an idea of rereading all these novels but rearranged in chronical order of the author’s life, and separating the lines family, the authors views on art spread in his thoughts about novels, poems, paintings and his philosophical and political insights. Helpful would also be a look into Hitler’s ”Mein Kampf”. From my point of view, Knausgard’s critic of the mainstream historians dealing with Hitler is significant, and I agree with his sight. I believe, the “My struggle”-cycle will still occupy my mind further times.
    • The next favourite novel is Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”. That is such a book which blown oneself away. During the reading I have had all the noises, smells of the streets of Dehli in my ears and nose and I see the chaotic scenes, the poverty and misery in my inner eyes, the life there has nothing to do with “1001 Nights”. In the novel are many of Roy’s political insights included, but spoken out with a witty, sharp, satirical tongue often remembering me on Joseph Heller. I put this book on my rereading list, but next time in parallel, German/English.
    • The third one is Gail Tsukiyama’s “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms”. The story droves me in. It is a family story reaching from the last years of WW II until 1965 in Japan. I had a penpal in Japan, and I have learnt so many things about this foreign culture, that I was remembered on all her letters from Japan.
    By the way, you have an excellent Instagram page. Every week I look what is new there. But until couldn’t decide until now to register. Perhaps a consequence reading Jarett Kobecks “I hate the Internet” and answering the questionnaire “Chilling Effects” from PEN America. :-)
    Best regards
    Wolfgang

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