Recommended

Underdog Literature: The Best Books from World War One – 1914 to 1918

Underdog Literature World War 1 WW1 February 2014 WordPress
.
Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

This month: Books that were published during – or shortly after  – World War One. Forgotten, classic or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

.

01: ROBERT TRESSEL, „The Ragged Trousered Philantropists“, 608 pages, 1914.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

02: EDGAR LEE MASTERS, „Spoon River Anthology“, 144 pages, 1914.

Spoon River Anthology

03: ROMAIN ROLLAND, „Jean-Christophe“, 1579 pages, 1914.

Jean-Christophe

04: EMMELINE PANKHURST, „My Own Story“, 176 pages, 1914.

My Own Story

05: ELIZABETH VON ARNIM, „The Pastor’s Wife“, 492 pages, 1914.

The Pastor's Wife

06: EARL DERR BIGGERS, „Love Insurance“, 432 pages, 1914.

Love Insurance

07: BOOTH TARKINGTON, „The Turmoil“, 268 pages, 1915.

The Turmoil (The Growth Trilogy, #1)

08: THEODORE DREISER, „The Genius“, 744 pages, 1915.

The Genius

09: ALEKSANDR KUPRIN, „Yama: The Pit“, 360 pages, 1915. [Russia]

Yama: The Pit

10: ABOUT WW1: HUGH WALPOLE, „The Dark Forest“, 252 pages, 1916.

The Dark Forest

11: RUPERT BROOKE, „Letters from America“, 124 pages, 1916.

Letters from America

12: HAROLD BEN WRIGHT, „When a Man’s a Man“, 212 pages, 1916.

When a Man's a Man

13: CLAUDE C. HOPKINS, „My Life in Advertising“, 48 pages, 1917. [Essay]

My Life in Advertising

14: ABOUT WW1: ANDREAS LATZKO, „Men in War“ / „Menschen im Krieg“, 112 pages, 1917. [German]

Men in War (Dodo Press)

15: ABOUT WW1: KARL KRAUS, „The Last Days of Mankind“ / „Die letzten Tage der Menschheit“, 263 pages, 1918. [Stage Play; German]

Last Days of Mankind

.

Here are seven books about World War One that were published a short time later:

01: ABOUT WW1: W.N.P. BARBELLION, „Journal of a disappointed Man“, 275 pages, 1919.

Journal of a Disappointed Man

02: ABOUT WW1: A.P. HERBERT, „The Secret Battle“, 208 pages, 1919.

The Secret Battle

03: ABOUT WW1: ISAAC BABEL, „Red Cavalry“, 352 pages, 1920. [Russia]

Red Cavalry

04: ABOUT WW1: ERNST JÜNGER, „Storm of Steel“ / „In Stahlgewittern“, 320 pages, 1920. [German]

Storm of Steel

05: ABOUT WW1: ERNST FRIEDRICH, „War against War“ / „Krieg dem Kriege“, 242 pages, 1920. [German?]

Krieg Dem Kriege

06: ABOUT WW1: STRATIS MYRIVILIS, „Life in the Tomb“, 353 pages, 1924. [Greece]

Life in the Tomb

07: ABOUT WW1: EMMANUEL BOVE, „My Friends“, 150 pages, 1924. [France]

My Friends

.

related Posts:

and:

Underdog Literature, January 2014: 15 fresh or amazing, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature WordPress January 2014.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

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

.

01: LEONARD COHEN, „The Favorite Game“, 248 pages, 1963.

The Favorite Game

02: JAC JEMC, „My only Wife“, 194 pages, 2012.

My Only Wife

03: JANET HOBHOUSE, „The Furies“, 312 pages, 1992.

The Furies

04: ELIZABETH FORSYTHE HAILEY, „A Woman of independent Means“, 304 pages, 1978. [Mainstream / Chic-Lit?]

A Woman of Independent Means

05: EDUARDO GALEONO, „The Book of Embraces“, 288 pages, 1989. [Fragments; Uruguay]

The Book of Embraces

06: ERNEST RAYMOND, „We, the Accused“, 509 pages, 1935. [True Crime? Journalism?]

We, the Accused

07: ALBERTO BARRERA TYSZKA, „The Sickness“, 192 pages, 2006. [Venezuela]

The Sickness

08: LARA FERGUS, „My Sister Chaos“, 204 pages, 2010.

My Sister Chaos

09: MERCÈ RODOREDA, „A Broken Mirror“, 226 pages, 1985. [Spain]

A Broken Mirror

10: PAUL RUSSELL, „War against the Animals“, 358 pages, 2003.

War Against the Animals

11: MURIEL SPARK, „The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie“, 137 pages, 1961.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

12: WILLIAM TREVOR, „Reading Turgenev“, ca. 252 pages, 1991.

Reading Turgenev

13: PATRICK WHITE, „Happy Valley“, 317 pages, 1939.

Happy Valley

14: JOHN HENRY MACKAY, „The Hustler“, 312 pages, 1926.

The Hustler: The Story of A Nameless Love from Friedrichstrasse

15: KEITH WALDROP, „Light while there is Light. An American History“, 208 pages, 1993. [Memoir]

Light While There Is Light: An American History

.

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

No: I needed money for Christmas presents last month and didn’t buy any books for myself. But here are things I WANT to buy soon:

01: LEE MAYNARD, „Crum“, 170 pages, 2001.

Crum: The Novel

02: JAMES SCHUYLER, „What’s for Dinner?“, 211 pages, 1978.

What's for Dinner?

03: STIG SAETERBAKKEN, „Through the Night“, 150 pages, 2012. [Norway]

Through the Night

04: HERMANN UNGAR, „The Class“ / „Die Klasse“, 176 pages, 1927. [set in Prague, written in German]

The Class

05: GERD BRANTENBERG, „Egalia’s Dauthers. A Satire of the Sexes“, 270 pages, 1977. [Feminist Science Fiction; Norway].

Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes

.

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

4 of 5 stars: ÉDOUARD LEVÉ, „Autoportrait“, 120 pages, 2005. [Memoir / Art Novel / post-modern literary Collage; France]

Autoportrait

4 of 5 stars: SEBASTIAN HAFFNER, „Defying Hitler“ / „Die Geschichte eines Deutschen“, 309 pages, 1939. [Memoir; Germany]

Defying Hitler

4 of 5 stars: TERI TERRY, „Slated“, 448 pages, 2012. [competent, but not very exciting Young Adult dystopia that I read for a ZEIT article]

Slated (Slated, #1)

.

related Posts:

and:

Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20

best books 2013 stefan mesch wordpress.

(After a popular list last year [Link] and another in 2012 [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2013:

.

20: WALTER ABISH, „How German is it“, Novel, 1980:
How German is It (Wie Deutsch ist es)

19: SARI BOTTON (Editor): „Goodbye to all that. Writers on Loving and Leaving New York“, nonfiction anthology / personal essays, 2013:
Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

18: BARBARA PYM, „Excellent Women“, Novel, 1952:
Excellent Women

17: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, „You deserve nothing“, Novel, 2011:
You Deserve Nothing

16: BRIAN WOOD, „DMZ“, 12-volume Graphic Novel series, 2005 to 2012:
DMZ Vol. 12: The Five Nations of New York

15: A.S. KING, „Reality Boy“, Young Adult Novel, 2013:
Reality Boy

14: KATE SOUTHWOOD, „Falling to Earth“, Novel, 2013:
Falling to Earth

13: ANNA FUNDER, „Stasiland“ […alternatives / runner-ups: BARBARA DEMICK, „Nothing to Envy“ and SEBASTIAN HAFFNER, „Defying Hitler“: Three great nonfiction / cultural studies reads that focus on ordinary people and mass mentality in totalitarian regimes.]
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Walland Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea and Defying Hitler

12: ÉDOUARD LEVÉ, „Autoportrait“, postmodern novel / art / journalism, France 2005:
Autoportrait

11: DEBBIE LEVY, „Imperfect Spiral“, Young Adult Novel, 2013:
Imperfect Spiral

10: J.H. WILLIAMS III, W. HADEN BLACKMAN, „Batwoman“ 1 to 3, Graphic Novels, 2011 to 2013:
Batwoman, Vol. 1: Hydrology

09: JOHN BRANDON, „Citrus County“, Novel, 2010.
Citrus County

08: BRECHT EVENS, „The Making of“, Belgian Graphic Novel, 2011.
The Making Of

07: ALEXANDER RÜHLE, „Ohne Netz“, German Journalism, 2010.
Ohne Netz: Mein halbes Jahr offline

06: DAVID GATES, „Jernigan“, Novel, 1991.
Jernigan

05: DAVID LEVITHAN, „Two Boys Kissing“, Young Adult Novel, 2013.
Two Boys Kissing

04: MARIA SEMPLE, „Where’d you go, Bernadette“, Novel, 2012.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette

03: CARSON McCULLERS, „The Member of the Wedding“, Novel, 1946.
The Member of the Wedding

02: ROBERT SHERRIFF: „A Fortnight in September“, Novel, 1931.
The Fortnight in September

01: PETER HEDGES: „What’s eating Gilbert Grape“, Novel, 1991.
Gilbert Grape, Irgendwo In Iowa

.

For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2013, please go here [Link].

.

In comics, I’ve also enjoyed Glyn Dillon’s „The Nao of Brown“ [Link], the excellent finale of Joe Hill’s „Locke & Key“ series (all in all: the best comic series I have ever read, Link), Juan Diaz Canales‘ „Blacksad“ [Link] detective stories, the finale / later half of Brian Michael Bendis‘ „Alias“ series [Marvel, Link] and the „New 52“ DC comic books featuring „Wonder Woman“ [Link], „Green Lantern“ [Link], the new „Green Arrow“ [Link] and sometimes „Batgirl“ [Link] as well as lots of good, older „Superman“ titles [Link] and Marvel’s amazing „Hawkeye“ series [Link]

…and, just like last year, „Honey & Clover“ [Link] – a „Scott Pilgrim“-like, bittersweet / comedic coming-of-age manga series about five friends at an art school.

Here’s a big collage of the many, many good graphic novels I’ve discovered in 2013:

000 2013 best graphic novels wordpress collageHave a good 2014! More to come!

.

Related Posts:

and:

and, every month:

 

 

Indie Movies 2013: my 15 Top Favorites

Wordpress Best Movies 2013.

The best movies I’ve seen in 2013?

.

The 2013 movies I am most eager to watch as soon as possible?

15: „Her“ [Spike Jonze, USA]

14: „The Butterfly’s Dream“ [Yilmaz Erdogan, Turkey]

13: „In Bloom“ [Chris Michael Birkmeier, USA]

12: „Snowpierce“ [Joon-ho Bong, South Korea]

11: „12 Years a Slave“ [Steve McQueen, USA]

10: „An Adventure in Space and Time“ [Terry McDonough, UK]

09: „Phantom“ [Jonathan Soler, France]

08: „The Lunchbox“ [Ritesh Batra, India]

07: „Short Term 12“ [Destin Cretton, USA]

06: „Class Enemy“ [Rok Bicek, Slovenia]

05: „Somewhere Slow“ [Jeremy O’Keefe, USA]

04: „The Past“ / „Le Passé“ [Asghar Farhadi, France]

03: „Blue is the warmest Color“ [Abdellatif Kechiche, France]

02: „Before Midnight“ [Richard Linklater, USA]

01: „Like Father, like Son“ [Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan]

.

Related Links: