9.03.2009


limited use of the computer and phone



i'm leaving for
italy...and berlin
and will be gone
for 28 days.


posting will
be here & there


ps: can you think
of a good book to bring?


an italian or,
german writer.


credit: journal standard

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

SARAH'S KEY. a must read!!!

Claudette said...

Italo Calvino!!!

Invisible Cities, Italian Folktales or If On Winter's Night A Traveler, the last one is one killer title for a book, I think.

janis said...

Sometimes the Soul, two novellas by Gioia Timpanelli. Italian/American writer and storyteller. Along the lines of Calvino. Enjoy...

bugheart said...

i was going to suggest
italo calvino...
have
a wonderful
trip!

Cathérine said...

La solitudine dei numeri primi by Paolo Giodano. Very nice one!!

Anonymous said...

The Empty Canvas -- A Moravia
Bread & Wine -- I Silone
Group Portrait with Lady -- H Boll
Tin Drum -- G Grass

Anonymous said...

The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald. This is an incredible book.

sarah said...

no books, just a film:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Best_of_Youth

my other room said...

Curzio Malaparte "Kaputt", he was half german/italian and built Villa Malaparte on Capri where Godards Le Mèpris is set.
War & society reports from WW II, very good but hard, but it tells a lot about the ambiguity of Europe.

And Cesare Pavese, "Among women only"

I have to confess no matching german author/book comes to my mind right now.

I am looking forward to your posts from my city B.

Gute Reise

Jon said...

I second Invisible Cities by Italo Calvano and would offer up Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald where a German writer is concerned.

Good and safe travels!

Anonymous said...

Italo Calvino

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italo_Calvino

M said...

I'm with the others--Italo Calvino's 'If on a Winter's Night a Traveler' is a fantastic read. The only work by a German author that I've read recently is 'All Quiet on the Western Front'--incredible writing, but not exactly holiday fare!

rebecca said...

thomas mann's death in venice! or short stories about berlin by wladamir kaminer...russendisko is nice. enjoy!

by land by air by sea said...

no books
except a
blank book
for you to fill
with your own thoughts.
buen viaje
Beth

Sandra said...

watch best of youth. amazing. the decameron always gets me in the mood for italy.

Contacto said...

The Leopard. Giuseppe di Lampedusa
The Moon and the Bonfires. Cesare Pavese

Make it Easy said...

have an amazing time!!!

Stephanie said...

Calvino. I like Cosmicomics in addition to the suggestions about. Also Primo Levi's The Periodic Table.

If Jane said...

oh hermann hesse...all of his books are great...:))
oh bon voyage..and please please have a marvellous time!! as i know you will!

R4TH said...

Inherent Vice

Christina said...

berlin stories by christopher isherwood...bon voyage!

underwatter@gmail.com said...

Goethe's Italian Journals, then, The Rings of Saturn. Both perfect for a vacation. Ruskin's Mornings in Florence too.

Gabriela said...

natalia ginzburg's The Little Virtues......

ward said...

Robert Walser spoke German with a strange Swiss accent, and everyone in Berlin thought he was a little funny. He wrote playful short stories, newspaper feuilletons and a silly novel about a clerk who was bored but not unhappy. Robert Musil and Walter Benjamin were big fans. He wrote in tiny microscript, ended up in the mental home at Waldau, and liked to take long walks in the snow. Calvino is also a fine choice.

Anonymous said...

A spring in sicily saladore santagali
or (obviously) a room with a view

Bouvard said...

italo svevo

Ben said...

I second Sebald ('The Emigrants' particularly although his 'Vertigo' has an Italian sequence, I think) and would add 'Midnight in Sicily', by Peter Robb, for brilliantly effervescent non-fiction that pries into Italy. Watch La Strada and Bicycle Thieves.

louise and nivaldo de lima said...

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers. Such a lovely book.

deleted said...

berlin! great, come to my party on october 2nd :)
it´s in isoldestrasse 1, 12159 berlin, directly at the ringbahn bundesplatz- stop.
starting from around 7 there will be live music from aroud 8, great people from berlin and around plus my new, gorgeous contemporary jewellery.
you are very welcome to this laid-back part of town, that is home to so many intersting people. feel heartily invited and bring friends. :)
cheers,
daniela