As time goes by and as the list of books you ever wanted to read is shortening, one starts to turn to the latest bestsellers only to get disappointed, by often meaningless or poorly researched books. In German literature, most so called “newcomers” on the hot topic lists are B-rated translations on unknown American authors, with certain exceptions. Written in original German language, most newly released books fail to catch my attention, either as they circle around the darker parts of German history and, in endless repetition, try to tell an old story in a new way, or because they try to capture the “modern German youth”, the feeling of those living in Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, wherever, trying to figure out their life. Unfortunately these ideas, topics and feelings are totally loosing my interest, as their mindset is not the same as mine. I miss the globalization, the true interaction between religion, society, history and cultures, that a present-day globetrotter needs.
So even higher my disappointment that most English language newcomers, bestsellers, new releases and hot topic books are also failing on precisely these accounts. They do feature a more “international mindset”, however still fail to address the necessary interdependencies that I so much love to learn about.
What else is there than to pass time by reading one good old Penguin Classics book, such as “Dracula” or, recently, “Frankenstein”. Classic English literature of its best, for a reasonable amount of money.