Milan Kundera is one of the greatest contemporary writers, I still remember the thrill of reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being when it was published in 1984. The struggle of the individual for freedom, Tereza’s[…]
Despite the structural problems and the redundancies that make the book good but not great, is worth reading. The “House for Sale” and “My Bird Problem,” are truly wonderful essays. Jonathan Franzen’s writing is strong, humorous and engaging. Dominant is his disregard for political-correctness, too.
The Aspern Papers is a novella written by Henry James, originally published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1888. It is the story or rather the quest of an American editor – he is also the unnamed narrator of the story – to obtain a collection of letters by the American Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern.
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.