German Literature Month took up most of my reading time this month, with a pronounced leaning towards crime fiction:
- Julia Franck: West (transl. Anthea Bell)
- Friedrich Durrenmatt: Der Verdacht (Suspicion)
- Alexander Lernet-Holenia: I Was Jack Mortimer (transl. Ignat Avsey)
- Jutta Profijt: Morgue Drawer Four (transl. Erick Macki)
- Jakob Arjouni: Ein Mann, ein Mord (One Man, One Murder)
- Stefan Zweig: Meisternovellen
Of course, there were some other crime books which caught my eye:
- David Lagercrantz: Fall of Man in Wilmslow (transl. George Goulding)
- Nicci French: Friday on My Mind
- Helen Fitzgerald : Viral (to be reviewed on CFL)
- Gregoire Carbasse: L’Helvete Underground
- Jari Järvelä: The Girl and the Bomb
- Mary Kubica: Pretty Baby
- SJ Watson: Second Life
11 out of 13 so far have been crime/psychological thriller type novels, but I did also read some other ‘genres’, namely:
- Stanislaw Lam: Solaris (transl. Bill Johnston) – science-fiction
- Kim Thuy: Ru – Quebecois-Vietnamese poetic literature about immigration
- Finally, this childhood favourite off my son’s bookshelves: Jules Verne’s Voyage to the Centre of the Earth, which I read for the first time in French.
So, a lot of reading, far less reviewing, a mix of languages and 6 out of 16 books by women authors (I’m surprised, I expected it to a higher proportion). I travelled to Canada, Berlin, Bern, Vienna, Frankfurt and an ocean liner on the Atlantic; London, Chicago, Wilmslow, Magaluf, Geneva and Kotka in Finland; finally, Vietnam, space and the centre of the earth. What more could one ask for?
For December, I am still on track to blast a corridor through my virtual mounds, a special effort to clear the cobwebs off my Netgalley shelf in particular.
My Crime Fiction Pick of the Month is Jakob Arjouni. My favourite overall read: Julia Franck (sorry, Stefan Zweig, but you were a re-read anyway).