At first I was so proud because I had only checked out one book, but then today I decided to get some dvds and couldn´t resist taking another look at the fiction section. My loot this week is a nice change though, I only got one English book and the others are from Germany (I know, wow 😉 ), France, Italy and Spain. On the downside, it appears that two of these books haven´t been translated into English yet.
Here´s this week´s loot:
Bonjour Tristesse (Francoise Sagan)
I´m probably the last person to read this, but I´m very curious if it can live up to all the hype.
In a German Pension (Katherine Mansfield)
Haven´t read any Katherine Mansfield either, I hope this one is good to start with.
Salvador und der Club der unerhörten Wünsche/ Cosas que nunca occurrirían en Tokio (Alberto Torres Blandina)
The author received the Los Dos Orrilas award for this book in 2007 but it has only recently been translated into German. I can´t find any information on an English translation though. The story is about Salvador who works as a cleaner in an airport. He talks to a lot of the travellers and can tell what they are like and where they are going just by looking at them. He also lessens the anonymity and loneliness of the airport a bit by telling people stories.
Akademie Pessoa/ L´accademia Pessoa (Errico Buonanno)
This sounds like a great read for bookworms. It´s about the Pessoa academy, a secret society of people fighting against literature. But then suicides happen which seem to be linked to a manuscript. Couldn´t find an English edition for this one either, sorry.
Scherbenpark (Alina Bronsky)
This one´s been translated by Europa editions as Broken Glass Park. It´s about seventeen year old Sascha who was born in Russia but is now living in a ghetto in Germany. She is trying to juggle ghetto life, the elite highschool she is allowed to attend because she is gifted, wanting to kill her stepfather and discovering love. This book has been received very well here but I decided to wait for the hype to die down a bit, I don´t want to be disappointed just because my expectations were too high.
Have you read any of these books, what did you think? And what did you loot from the library this week?