Remembering female resistance members: Edith Cavell biography

Women were not just active in the WWII Resistance. Many played important roles in the Resistance, during WWI too. One of these was Edith Cavell.

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‘Liebste Fenchel!’ – book review

Inspired by Thea Derks’ short lecture on women composers, I searched for books on female composers. Turned out what was available at the library, had already been banned to the ‘open storage’. Shelved on a floor, from which the next step is being sold, given away, destroyed, for ever obliterated.

The only exception: ‘Liebste Fenchel!’, a German novel by Peter Härtling.
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Book review: ‘Red Notice’ by Bill Browder

Ever wondered what the Magnitsky Act is about? Why it became a US law Putin wants rolled back – at all costs? Why Canada recently implemented its version? Why Putin got Interpol to put Bill Browder on its ‘wanted’-list? Why Mr. Browder’s US visa were revoked, then reinstated?

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Book review: Fred Vargas – Temps Glaciaires

Fred Vargas is one of my favourite French detective writers. So when I found a translation of ‘Temps Glacieres’, it should have been a delight to read – right? Of course: nothing wrong with the story, but I should have steered clear of the translation.

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Book review: Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves

Emily Fridlund’s novel is short-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Its subtitle on the version I read, asks ‘How far would you go to belong?’ Which sounded promising for ‘History of Wolves’; but unfortunately, it failed to deliver.

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Book review: “The American Princess” by A van der Zijl

While researching a biography, about Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Dutch author Annejet van der Zijl came across one of his aunts. Not a real aunt, but an “adopted” one. The aunt became godmother to his eldest daughter, Beatrix. The aunt was American.
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Book review: Pussy Riot – How to start a Revolution by N. Tolokonnikova

The English translation was supposed to be available from autumn 2016. The German version was published spring 2016. The Dutch and Flemish translation hit the market a few weeks ago. Yet the large international web-based book shops state it is “unavailable”. Has Pussy Riot’s greatest fan, Mr V. Putin, bought up all copies?

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Book review: A Perfect Spy

With the White House apparently having turned into some kind of “Russia House”, who needs an excuse to read a few thrillers by John le Carré? Especially, after the announcement that another Smiley thriller will be published later this year.
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Book review: “The Road to Wigan Pier”, George Orwell

It was a gift from an Australian relative of a neighbour of mine. He had been on a tour through a few European countries and was reducing the luggage to be taken back home. So a while ago, “the Road to Wigan Pier” ended up in my bookcase – unread.
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Book review: Jackson’s “The haunting of Hill House”

Some, including Stephen King, call it one of the best ghost story of the 20th century. Shirley Jackson’s “The haunting of Hill House” was first published in 1959. So far, it has been turned into two films and a play.
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