There are so many books to read that I have to make choices. But how do I choose which books are worthy of my time?
Anna Visser is a young translator, currently working on a Dutch translation of "The Hustler" by Walter Tevis. I talked to her about her work, the Beats and the difference between translating prose and poetry.
Literature can be quite a solitary hobby. However, I’ve had a few people in my life who really shaped my interest in literature, by challenging my reading or by showing me new genres. And because I study literature and devote my life to it, they haven’t just helped shape this hobby, they have shaped my life too.
Every year I participate in Goodreads’ reading challenge: you set a goal for yourself to read a certain amount of books and the website keeps track of your process. It’s a nice way to motivate yourself.
Last Thursday was a big day for fans of literature, because the new winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was going to be announced. I was very surprised when Kazuo Ishiguro won, but I’m much more pleased with him than with last year’s winner, Bob Dylan.
This September I did a Minority Month: I tried to only read books written by people who are in any way a minority. In noticed that I read way to many white, male, straight authors, and I wanted to bring some more diversity in my reading.
This summer, I read the classic Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. I absolutely loved it, but not because of the main character Anna.
In a few weeks, I’m starting my master Literary studies: Literature in society. This, and a few other projects, means I have a huge to-be-read-list! Here’s a few things I’ll be reading over the next few months.
The city of Hans Christian Andersen honours its literary background with beautiful bookstores. Get to know all the best literary places in Copenhagen!
Sometimes, I might come off as a bit of a snob, talking about all kinds of high literature, claiming all the best books are written by people like Turgenev, Flaubert, Zola, etcetera. But even I acknowledge that there are times when ‘high’ literature might not be the best of choices. Sometimes you just need a guilty pleasure.