Assigned reading

12 July 07
  • A Star Called Henry (The Last Roundup)Roddy Doyle demystifies the Irish independence movement following the 1916 Easter Rising. The book touches on one of the fundamental issues of modern patriotism and nationalism: “corruption” is a term used to make the masses believe that there is also “honesty” and “national interest” in politics. This book is a great read, both for the way how it’s written and what messages it conveys.
  • Gotz and Meyer — I read this book by David Albahari, an excellent Serbian novelist, a while ago, but it’s important to keep recommending it. Belgrade was the first Judenfrei city in Europe and Albahari “tricks” the reader into telling the story of Nazi executioners.

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