The Giver

The Giver

„Freedom, Equality, Fraternity” This outcry blew through the rotten timberwork of Europe’s oldest monarchy like a storm and seemed to sweep away a century of despotism and injustice. But how much blood was needed to meet that demand. And how much more...
Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant

Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant

Can you love an impostor? Can you understand an apparent sociopath? Maybe even admire him? At least for a few moments? Yes, at least when his career is described by a writer like Maupassant.   After getting to know Maupassant through his stories, I would like to...
The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums

Poems  speak of beauty and loneliness at their core. And for me, both are in the mountains.   Do you know that feeling: You are standing in front of a ravine, dimmed light comes through the trees and you look around. Long forgotten pictures come to your mind....
A story about Fahrenheit 451

A story about Fahrenheit 451

Most of the books dealing with the future are curious at best. Whether Jules Verne is arguing about a balloon flight to the moon or Isaac Asimov is talking about a world full of robots. Although the latter was almost caught up with reality today, albeit in a way that...
Confusion

Confusion

I got to know about Stefan Zweig and his works rather late in my life. I remember attending a boring party of a professor I could not just disappear from. Bored as I was, I began to look around for that straw I could clutch on, any kind of entertainment that might...
Zweig Novellas

Zweig Novellas

You might have noticed already that this blog is not about following any official literary history. While there is a compelling canon of works that has evolved over time and requires a sharp mind, I’d like to talk about something else first. It is important for me to...
Our Language

Our Language

We all know that language has always changed and adapted to new environments over time. Today, we can see it on the many overwhelming anglicisms, since we are implementing a majority of our popular culture from Anglo-American countries. So, when we talk about a...