📚 finished Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes (Daniel Kehlmann; trans. by Carol Brown Janeway). Bloodless metafiction that, but for some specific tech mentions, could’ve been part of the late 80s boom in self-aware, kind of clever fiction. Overall, a flat joke with some funny lines.
📚 Finished Tyll (Daniel Kehlmann; trans. by Ross Benjamin). An enthralling—sometimes brutal—magical realist take on the Thirty Years’ War and the myth of Tyll Eulenspiegel, neither of which I knew much about (now I want to know more). Adding Kehlmann’s other books to my list!
📚 finished Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (trans by Jonathan Wright). A brilliant idea for getting inside Iraq after the US invasion: the horrific is commonplace, rendering the literal horror something more—both better and worse—than metaphorical.
📚 Read: Chocky by John Wyndham. An idea, and a book, that shows its age a bit, but finding new (to me) writing by Wyndham is always a pleasure. Also, did you know Wyndham’s full name was: John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris?
Also reading the first Perry Mason novel, The Case of the Velvet Claws. Figure I better start now if I want to get all 85 in before watching the TV series! 📚
Reading The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists – scathing. A Joycean exploration of working class England in the early 1900s. 📚