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Januar 2023: The Night Watchman / Die Nachtwächter von Louise Erdrich (2021)
It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an ’emancipation’ bill; but it isn’t about freedom – it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity. How can he fight this betrayal?The Night Watchman / Die Nachtwächter von Louise Erdrich (2021)
Februar 2023: The Overstory by Richard Powers
The book is about nine Americans whose unique life experiences with trees bring them together to address the destruction of forests. Powers was inspired to write the work while teaching at Stanford University, after he encountered giant redwood trees for the first time.The Overstory / Die Wurzeln des Lebens by Richard Powers (2018)
March 2023: Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu
Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century is for the adventurous reader–someone willing to walk into a story primed for cultural critique and suddenly come across a plot for murder, or to consider the dangers of sea monsters alongside those posed by 21st century ennui. Each story is spectacularly smart, hybrid in genre, and bold with intention. The monsters here are not only fantastical figures brought to life in hyper-reality but also the strangest parts of the human heart.
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Vote for the upcoming month:The Overstory / Die Wurzeln des Lebens by Richard Powers (2018)
To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. The protagonist is Jean Louise (“Scout”) Finch, an intelligent though unconventional girl who ages from six to nine years old during the course of the novel.To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (Lippincott), 1961
Albert Einstein opens a letter from the Eastern Front to find the first exact solution to the equations of general relativity; the mathematician Alexander Grothendieck tunnels deeply into abstraction and Erwin Schrodinger and Werner Heisenberg battle over the soul of physics. A mind-expanding literary work about scientific discovery, ethics and the unsettled distinction between genius and madnessWhen We Cease to Understand the World, Benjamín Labatut,
Previously adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, this is the story of the five Lisbon sisters – beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the entire neighbourhood. The boys that once loved them from afar are now grown men, determined to understand a tragedy that has always defied explanation. For still, the question remains – why did all five of the Lisbon girls take their own lives?Jeffrey Eugenides: The Suicide Sisters
This hypnotic and unforgettable novel treats adolescent love and death with haunting sensitivity and dark humour, and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.
It tells the story of Cesar Castillo, an aged musician who once had a small amount of fame when he and his brother appeared on an episode of I Love Lucy in the 1950s. The book chronicles Cesar’s last hours as he sits in a seedy hotel room, drinking and listening to recordings made by his band, the Mambo Kings.The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (deutschsprachiger Titel Die Mambo Kings spielen Songs der Liebe) von Oscar Hijuelos