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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.