Book coveting

Last week I saw a copy of the latest issue of Lire, featuring special content on Nordic authors (because Nordic literature was the theme of the Salon du Livre de Paris — the Paris Book fair, which was held this weekend). Needless to say, I let myself be tempted (with the excuse of my recent poor experience with Nordic literature) and bought the magazine.

What happens when you buy a literary magazine? Do you really have to ask? Plenty of books to add to your wishlist, of course!

Trying to restrain myself, I have drawn two lists: books to be immediately added to my wishlist, and books that sound interesting and that I may want to read, if they so happen to cross my road again…

Real book coveting – Books I crave to read

  • Google Démocratie, by Laurent Alexandre and David Angevin
    We are talking a dystopian crime novel, here.
  • La vierge froide et autres racontars, by Jorn Riel
    Short stories (!) that weave in Nordic legends
  • Psalm at Journey’s End, by Erik Fosnes Hansen
    About the musicians playing aboard the Titanic while it was sinking (Personal note: to read together with Novecento, by Alessandro Baricco)
  • Long John Silver: the True and Eventful History of My Life of Liberty and Adventure As a Gentleman of Fortune and Enemy to Mankind, by Bjorn Larsson
    It’s been in my wishlist, like, forever — and I had forgotten about it!

And the rest… – Interesting titles

  • Tainted Blood, by Arnaldur Indridason
    Icelandic crime fiction. Got to get this for my reading project if we are ever to go to Iceland.
  • Rosa candida, by Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir
    A life travel looking for a mother. Again, interesting as an Icelandic read (but set in France, I gather).
  • Zona frigida, by Anne B. Ragde
    Sounds like Miss Smilla — which I kind of liked (ages ago)
  • Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson
    I heard so much about this one, but never really cared. May give it a try.
  • Captain Nemo’s Library, by Per Olov Enquist
    This rings a bell, but I am not sure whether I read it or not…
  • Kalevala, compiled by Elias Lonnrot
    Finland’s national epic

2 comments on “Book coveting

  1. Psalm at Journey’s End sounds really intriguing. I wonder if if just wrist-cutting sad. It could go both ways, I guess.

  2. I don’t know Nordic literature enough to answer… hopefully not, but you’re right, it could be that sad. It didn’t sound sad from the little I read about it, though.

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