• Georges Perec: Life a User's Manual

    01.01.1999

    Life A User's Manual is a book for readers, and the more you have read the more you will appreciate the subtle references to other novels and popular culture. But to say so would do unjustice to a book that is quite simply a marvel to read.

  • Djuna Barnes: Nightwood

    01.01.1999

    Nightwood by Djuna Barnes is one of the few books I’ve read more than once.

  • Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway

    01.01.1999

    Mrs Dalloway is one of my favorite books by Virginia Woolf, but To the Lighthouse and Between the Acts are equally brilliant.

  • Don DeLillo: Underworld

    01.01.1999

    It is sentences like these which instantly make me feel at home, because they describe the questions I myself have often asked and the feelings I myself often feel. It is for this reason too that Underworld resonates with my own life and that I like to return to it from time to time.

  • Roberto Calasso: The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

    01.01.1999

    As a child I used to read a lot. At night when I should have gone to sleep I was always reading under my blanket. My parents used to check on me whether I had really gone to sleep or was still reading by looking for the light of my reading lamp underneath the door to my room. And so I covered myself with my blanket and read sentence by sentence with my torch. I must have been 9 or 10 years old when my mother gave me a big encyclopedia of Greek mythology. I absolutely loved it.