Financial Times Book of the Year An urgent new novel about death, war, and memory from the highly acclaimed Croatian writer In this breathtaking final work, Daša Drndic reaches new heights. Andreas Ban’s suicide attempt has failed. Though very ill, he still finds the will to tap on the glass of history to summon those imprisoned within. Mercilessly, he dissects society and his environment, shunning all favors as he goes after the evils and hidden secrets of our times. History remembers the names of the perpetrators, not the victims—Ban remembers and honors the lost. He travels from Rijeka to Zagreb, from Belgrade to Tirana, from Parisian avenues to Italian castles. Ghosts follow him wherever he goes: chess grandmasters who disappeared during WWII; the lost inhabitants of Latvia; war criminals who found work in the CIA and died peacefully in their beds. Ban’s family is with him too, those already dead and those with one foot in the grave. As if left with only a few pieces in a chess game, Andreas Ban—and Daša Drndic—play a stunning last match against Death.
My bookstore haul from today, including two magazines. Has anyone read any of these?
Tanisha_ANo! Also, what's the book with the beautiful bird art?2mo
arubabookwoman@Tanisha_A It‘s actually a lovely magazine, Uppercase, the focus of which is, I guess, creativity. This issue has an article on folk artist Nara Mirtalipova whose work is featured on the cover.2mo
arubabookwoman@BarbaraBB I thought I hadn‘t read many good books this year, but when I looked at my list, I saw quite a few. In no particular order: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton; The Seventh Cross (Seghers); Seventeen (Yokohama); Labyrinths (Borges); North of Dawn (Farrah); A Change of Time (Jensen); If Beale Street Could Talk (Baldwin); Her Body & Other Parties (Machado); Cassandra at the Wedding (Baker).2mo
arubabookwoman@BarbaraBb For nonfiction, these stand out: The Apprentice by Greg Miller (v. good & complete expose of Trump); Bad Blood by Carreyrou; and The Art of Dying Well by Katy Butler (If you liked the ideas raised in Atul Gawande‘s Being Mortal, this has lots of good information on how to implement them, from middle-age to very old old-age.2mo
BarbaraBBThat is a great list. I take a screenshot, thanks! ðŸ˜˜2mo