An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. I generally trust "best of all time" lists voted by authors and experts over user-generated lists.On the lists that are actually ranked, the book that is 1st counts a lot more than the book that's 100th.And speaking of strange, there’s the opening piece, ‘Im Halbschatten meines Schädels’ (‘The Sun-Flecked Shadows of My Skull’).Over a series of short scenes, revolving around a woman in bed, a story of sorts develops involving a rather bizarre between the main character (who appears to be unable to stand up), the man of the house (her lover) and his wife (who seems either oblivious to, or accepting of, the state of affairs).‘Siberien’ (‘Sibiria’) takes a slightly different approach, with a woman listening to her father’s stories about her grandmother, a most remarkable woman indeed.We hear of the hardship of her years of captivity in Russia, before she was finally able to return home, only to discover that her husband had moved on.Several stories feature narrators looking back in time, either through their own or others’ memories.
This one is another story in which a woman talks about an older relative, this time her grandmother, a woman whose ability to deliver monologues delights her grand-daughter.
It’s the most telling example of a theme running throughout the collection, namely the inexorable march of time and the inevitability of people and creations alike disappearing one day.
This list is generated from 114 "best of" book lists from a variety of great sources.
Well, that’s not an easy question to answer, but I’ll be sure to give it a go before I finish the review 😉 ***** is a collection of ten short stories dating from early in Erpenbeck’s career, beautifully written with generous helpings of the slightly off-kilter nature of her early work.
There’s a mix of full-length stories and briefer pieces, and while it won’t take long for most (German-speaking) readers to make their way through the book, many of the choices linger in the memory.