Underdog Literature, October 2012: 15 fresh or surprising, 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: ROBIN SLOAN, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Book Store”, 304 pages, 2012.

02: JENS PETER JACOBSEN, “Niels Lyhne”, 152 pages, 1880 [Danish].

03: DONALD HALL, “The Best Day The Worst Day – Life with Jane Kenyon”, 258 pages, 2005 [Memoir].

04: ELIZABETH ARTHUR, “Antarctic Navigation”, 816 pages, 1995.

05: A.S. KING, “Ask the Passengers”, 296 pages, 2012. [Young Adult]

06: SHANNON MESSENGER, “Keeper of the Lost Cities”, 496 pages, 2012. [Young Adult / Fantasy]

07: KATJA MILLAY, “The Sea of Tranquility”, 380 pages, 2012. [Young Adult, might be trash…?]

08: BOUALEM SANSAL, “The German Mujahid”, 240 pages, 2008. [Algerian]

09: GAITO GASDANOW, “Das Phantom des Alexander Wolf”, 192 Seiten, 1947. [Russian emigré writer, new German translation]

10: YI IN-SEONG, “Jahreszeiten des Exils”, 318 pages, 1983. [Korean, new German tanslation]

11: SEPP MALL, “Berliner Zimmer”, 188 pages, 2012. [Austrian]

12: ANNETTE KOLB, “Das Exemplar”, 210 pages, 1913. [German]

13: DANIEL MEZGER, “Land spielen”, 318 pages, 2012. [Swiss]

14: TILMAN RAMMSTEDT, “Die Abenteuer meines ehemaligen Bankberaters”, 190 pages, 2012. [German]

15: SABINE FRIEDRICH, “Wer wir sind”, 2032 pages, 2012 [German].

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

01: MARLEN HAUSHOFER, “The Wall” / “Die Wand”, 240 pages, 1962. [Austrian]

02: MARCEL BEYER, “Flughunde”, 301 pages, 1996. [German]

03: SERGEJ LUKIANENKO, “Wächter des Morgen”, 464 Seiten, 2012. [Russian; German translation.]

Ich habe die “Wächter”-Reihe u.a. HIER besprochen / empfohlen: Link

04: NIKOLAI VOGEL, “Spam Diamond”, 210 pages, 2012. [Austrian, Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Haymon!]

05: ANDREAS STICHMANN, “Das große Leuchten”, 240 Seiten, 2012. [German; Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Rowohlt!]

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

5 of 5 stars: ARNE BELLSTORF, “Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles in Hamburg”, 208 pages, 2010. [Graphic Novel]

4 of 5 stars: TOVE JANSSON, “Fair Play”, 127 pages, 1989. [Nonfiction / personal essays – not half as good as her “Summer Book”, though.]

4 of 5 stars: MILENA MICHIKO FLASAR, “Ich nannte ihn Krawatte”, 144 pages, 2012. [Austrian; Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Verlag Klaus Wagenbach!]

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