Category Archives: Books

“The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson

Zur deutschen Fassung. In those public bookshelves, 96.5% of the books deposited are rubbish. That’s only natural, because people keep the really good books or give them to friends. There are exceptions, but they are rare. A few days ago, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Nomadland”

Zur deutschen Fassung. In the land of the free, the middle class is free to descend into poverty and homelessness rather quickly. One bad divorce, a factory closing, medical bills, and poof, you are as free as you never wanted … Continue reading

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“The Impostor” by Javier Cercas

Zur deutschen Fassung. Impostors who portray their lives as more adventurous than they are don’t just exist in novels and in blogs. Some live among us. Or, when impostorism conspires with narcissism, they force their way onto the big stage. … Continue reading

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“Sovietistan” and “The Border” by Erika Fatland

Hier gibt es diese Rezension auf Deutsch. Do you also have so many travel guides at home for countries you never made it to? I still got a Lonely Planet guidebook for Central Asia, which I bought in 2007. Apparently, … Continue reading

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History Lessons in Bolivia

In a remote jungle school in Bolivia, I am surprised by what the children learn about Germany. Continue reading

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Finding myself in Maugham

One and a half winters ago, on a cold day in Calgary, I found a treasure trove of books by the side of the road. I walked home, through ice and snow and wind, with three little gems by William … Continue reading

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The Girl with the Book

Lisbon, in the garden of Palácio Fronteira, on a late afternoon. Under a canopy of wisteria, there is a girl reading a book. It is both a beautiful and a soothing sight. How nice that people find leisure to escape … Continue reading

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“East West Street” by Philippe Sands

As a lawyer and budding historian, I found Philippe Sands‘ idea of telling the story of international criminal law through the biographies of Hersch Lauterpacht and Raphael Lemkin interesting. But the book East West Street is overloaded with the irrelevant … Continue reading

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Kyiv – Day 4/21 – Summer in Winter

“I would never go to Eastern Europe in winter.” “You are going to freeze your butt off.” “How stupid of you!” These were some of the comments I received when I announced my plan to spend the winter in Ukraine. … Continue reading

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A Date at the Library

– Let’s meet at the library! – Which section? – If we have similar interests, we will meet. If not, we shouldn’t. As always, I went home alone. Well, not really alone, for I had found some interesting books. Links: … Continue reading

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