Winston’s coffee and muffin

Well another week has gone its Sunday and another round us of news and books .
News –  the shortlist for German book prize was announced the 6 books show the diversity of German writing at moment a number of books from people who came to Germany from the conflicts in eastern Europe in the nineties .one book in particular Melinda Nadj Abonji tauben fliegen auf ,a book about being an outsider and the Yugoslavian war as a back drop .I hope this and the others make it in to english soon they look wonderful.

I ve signed up for a read along of midnight children on biblio junkie starting in Nov I read it many years ago and not to join one in summer but didn’t find my copy to the other day when I had a good look round after reading Jov post about the read along .I m really interested to see if the book has change in 20 years since I read it as an innocent teen also how the book has weathered .so if you want to join in sign up at JOV’S  BIBLIOJUNKIE SITE

There was a great piece on books on the nightstand as ever about how do you read sip I.E read bit at a time but all through the day or gulp I.E sit for a half hour or more and saviour the book .well I gulp myself tend to try and have three sessions a day of half hour or more reading a day .also the is a passionate review of the David Grossman book by Ann from the show .


well there a two from Dalkey Archive that I ve my eye on the first is –

Best european fiction 2011 – i m still reading the 2010 one but this is meant to be bigger and have more countries and better quality writing as they had more to choose from this year a last year is Edited by Aleksandar Hemon .

The second is three book series they have released to tie in with Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia being world book city this year ,these 3 book all seem good but the holocaust one necropolis ,which has a good synopsis on the dalkey page

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Iris
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 08:18:21

    I have never read any “Best European Fiction” collection (actually, I didn’t know about it before you mentioned it), but I’d love to read it..


  2. JoV
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 12:39:35

    Thanks Stu, for linking back!


  3. Lynne
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 14:30:37

    Although I haven’t even dipped into Best European Fiction 2010, I’m glad to see another volume for 2011 and will get it thanks to your heads-up.

    I agree about the Melinda Nadj Abonji novel; that could be very good.

    And oh, for the time to be able to read Midnight’s Children again. That novel (and Byatt’s Possession) brought me back to contemporary literary fiction when they first came out. I loved the story of snot-nosed Saleem through all its crazy ups and downs. What a wonderful idea to revisit it.


    • winstonsdad
      Sep 12, 2010 @ 16:18:50

      yes 2011 vol even bigger ,i m about third in 2010 but have savioured every story lynne ,yes what see if the book has changed after a peroid of time and also as I ve read other magic realism books and this was one of the first I wonder if the wonderment at times will still be there ,all the best stu


  4. Tom C
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 07:05:46

    I’m very pleased to see there’s a new “European Fiction” coming out – I enjoyed the last one greatly. I’ll see if I can get hold of a copy


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