Thanks, mirabell, but I think that would assign an icon to the message, not to specific lines of your message. I think I will use Sybarite's work around.
OK, so here is what I read in June:
Donald Barthelme - Flying to America
Thomas Bernhard - Le naufrag? / Der Untergeher
Lutz Bassmann - Ha?kus de prison
Various - Lexique Nomade
William H. Gass - Test of time
Paul Verhaeghen - Omega Minor
Alexander Theroux - Laura Warholic
Yasunari Kawabata / Yukio Mishima - Correspondance
B.S. Johnson - Chalut / Trawl
Robert Coover - Noir
cool. any details? haven't read half of them.
Der Blinde Reiter, Juan Goytisolo (German translation of Tel?n de boca)
Barthelme -- fun and well constructed as any Barthelme, less good than the previously collected work.
Benrhard -- You know I prefer to remain silent and listen to the music.
Bassmann -- Background info: this is the pseudo of Antoine Volodine, a French writer in the process of acquiring more heteronyms than Pessoa. He actually created a school called "literature post-exotic". All its disciples are avatars of himself. Dark and unpleasantly funny. This is a 100 pages book, a narration entirely made of ha?kus. Not a fantastic book, but a great read nonetheless.
Gass -- I don't know if you've read any essay of his, this collection is like the rest: beautiful insights on the themes he is examining -- among which why some book do stand the test of time, and what is that test -- and marvelous writing.
Verhaeghen, you know all about already.
Theroux -- reactionary, non-pc to the max. If you're into that kind of humour, laughing out loud funny and Theroux is a master of the word. His main character made me think of Bellow in his grumpy phase (Sammler, Herzog). Maybe too long.
Kawabata / Mishima -- letters of a fanboy to his master. Fanboy later turns into master's equal.
Johnson -- A sort of Bernhardian version of good ole B.S. Beatifully desperate.
Coover -- His take on the Noir movies and lit. Vintage Coover, great fun. Not his best work. Published in French, not in English yet. Name of main character: Phil M. Noir. Fantastic pun, as you can see.
written in french?Published in French, not in English yet
Nope. In English. Coover wanted it to be published in France first as a tribute to the inventors of the "film noir". No US publisher at the moment. Coover himself said it could take a year or so beofr it's published in the original.
The remain of the days-Kazuo Ishiguro
I guess most of you read it,(i though i did).I enjoyed it but not has much as i hoped i would.Somehow this all story of the hight standard in butlering left me a bit cold.It is very well writen and the atmosphere is charming but i kept try to figure out what hiden meaning laid out of my reach.The only thing i could get is the very similarity betwin this English decency and the Japanese sense of honor and unselfishness.Something that occured to me in earlier readings.
I shall try others of his books it might help me to see the bigger picture.
Der Gast, Hwang Sok-yong
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King. Heartily recommended. Fun stuff. Amusing, non-linear and clever.
Jorge Luis Borges - Obras Completas vol. 1
Playing with the Grown-ups by Sophie Dahl. Painfully raw, lyrical story of young Kitty growing up. I really loved this one.