Re: Book Hauls!
Hooray to that F.E.
Recently at a very good price...
The Box - Gunter Grass *A sequel of sorts to Grass's revealing Peeling The Onion. Blurb: Functioning both as experimental fiction and as a sequel of sorts to Peeling the Onion, Grass's latest sheds light on a role the revered German author has thus far only touched upon: fatherhood. Grass gathers his eight children to recount memories of their childhoods and of their often absent father. The conversations are being recorded at the fictional Grass's request, and the memories--and speakers--often overlap as the adult children fall into well-worn patterns of sibling rivalries, though it is Marie, a photographer who is Grass's constant companion and artistic inspiration, who is the dominant presence in the children's memories. Her ever-present camera (the box of the title), the children were convinced, was magic. "It sees things that weren't there. Or shows you things that you'd never in your wildest dreams imagine. It's all-seeing, my box." Marie says. Though he controls the puppet strings of his fictionalized progeny, Grass allows their resentments and shared passions to come through as he eloquently opens up his life, once again, to public scrutiny.
While The Women Are Sleeping - Javier Marias. *This is the second Marias collection I've stumbled across in as many weeks. It will be interesting to see how his short fiction compares to his longer works. Blurb: These 10 stories underscore Marias's mastery of the surreal and evasive, written throughout Marķas’ writing life, they include his first published story, written at the tender age of 14. It serves the role of primer well, as it showcases the threads that wind through his other works—uncertainty of roles, of relationships, of having one’s own voice, and of choosing when to abdicate that voice