• 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.