Underdog Literature, December 2011: 15 fresh or brilliant, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: WALTER ABISH, ‘How German is it? Wie Deutsch ist es?’, 252 pages, 1980.

02: ANNA FUNDER, ‘Stasiland: Stories from behind the Berlin Wall’, 304 pages, 2000. [Journalism from a young Australian author]

03: ELENA FERRANTE, ‘Days of Abandonment’ / ‘Tage des Verlassenwerdens’, 254 pages, 2002.

04: HEIMITO VON DODERER, ‘The Demons’ / ‘Die Dämonen’, 1340 pages, 1965. [Austrian]

05: CLARICE LISPECTOR, ‘Near to the wild Heart’, 192 pages, 1943. [existentialist, lyrical short novel by a 17-year-old Brazilian author.]

06: LAUREN BINET, ‘HHhH’, 374 pages, 2009.

07: JOY WILLIAMS, ‘The Changeling’, 256 pages, 1978.

08: ELIZABETH VON ARNIM, ‘The enchanted April’, 247 pages, 1922.

09: PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR, ‘A Time of Gifts’, 321 pages, 1977. [Travelogue]

10: WILLIAM GADDIS, ‘JR’, 752 pages, 1975.

11: ALBERT COHEN: ‘Her Lover’ / ‘Belle du Seigneur’, 992 pages, 1968.

12: MIKLÓS BANFFY, ‘They were counted’, 600 pages, 1934.

13: RUSSELL BANKS, ‘Affliction’, 368 pages, 1989.

14: RAY FAWKES, ‘One Soul’, 176 pages, 2011. [Comic]

15: UMBERTO ECO, ‘The Infitiny of Lists’ / ‘Die unendliche Liste’, 408 pages, 2009. [Cultural History]

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: LAWRENCE DURRELL: ‘The Alexandria Quartet’, 884 pages, 1957.

02: FREDERICK REIKEN, ‘Day for Night’, 336 pages, 2010.

03: JANICE GALLOWAY, ‘The Trick is to keep breathing’, 236 pages, 1989.

04: MICHAEL A. FITZGERALD, ‘Radiant Days’, 256 pages, 2007.

05: VESTAL McINTYRE, ‘Lake Overturn’, 448 pages, 2009.

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 5 of 5 stars: EVAN S. CONNELL, ‘Mrs. Bridge’, 246 pages, 1959.

2: 4 of 5 stars: SARAH GLIDDEN, ‘How to understand Israel in 60 Days or less’, 208 pages, 2007 [Graphic Novel / Travelogue].

3: 4 of 5 stars: FRIGYES KARINTHI, ‘A Journey round my Skull’, 312 pages, 1938 [Essay / Autobiography].

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