Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

In The Book Thief, Death tells the story of a German girl's life during the Second World War. He first notices the girl, named Liesel, when she steals a gravedigger's handbook during the funeral of her little brother. He later finds Liesel's own notebook and confides her story to us.  The story begins when Liesel is on …

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A Review in Pictures

Hi guys! I'm thinking of adding a new category to my blog: Dide Reads. It will  be 'a review in pictures.' So I will create comic strips about me reading a particular book. Think hearts and stars for The Last Unicorn, magical spells and potions for Harry Potter, and many, many tears for The Book Thief. One of …

Renata Adler’s Speedboat

Renata Adler’s Speedboat is a difficult book made out of many different fragments. Don't get me wrong, it's a GREAT book, but it also asks a lot from the reader. Sometimes you've to connect snippets and at other times you've to let go and enjoy the small slices that are given, making this a truly unique read. Renata Adler was …

Translation: Friend or Foe?

I've been a translator for over a year now. I finished courses on both translation and translation studies, wrote many translation analyses during my studies and still, after all that, cannot decide whether I actually endorse translations. You're probably thinking, what the ...? Why wouldn't you like translations? Isn't the fact that we can share our …