This year I’m allowing myself lots of rereads, which explains this mix of books I’ve already read and books I’ve started but not finished.
Stefan Aust: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex. Reading Therese by Steve Se-Sandberg put me in the mood for some Baader-Meinhof, and more importantly, some more German in my life. I have read this book before, but in Swedish, which should explain why I was sidetracked at some point when I started reading this book.
If you’re unfamiliar with Baader-Meinhof, it’s a West German far-left militant group, primarily active in the 70s, generally considered a terrorist group. There was a movie a while back based on this book, well worth a watch!
Naomi Wolf: The Beauty Myth. It feels like I could do with a second read of this Swedish translation of Wolf’s masterpiece. I mean we all could? Especially if all you can remember is that it’s a masterpiece, but what it’s actually about is vague at best. I’m guessing it’s an explanation of how the current situation is a lose/lose deal for women, but we’ll see!
Carin Holmberg: Det kallas manshat. Previously translated this title as It’s called hating men, so I guess I’m sticking with that. Should be reread on a yearly basis at the very least; it’s been to long! (What’s with all these exclamation points!?!)
Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex. Yesyes, I’m just piling up the classics.
Simone de Beauvoir: Letters to Sartre. This is an interesting book. It’s a compilation of letters from Simone to Sartre. What’s interesting about it the choice of translation. It…has to be experienced. There are some odd choices going on here. I don’t entirely approve. Which is why I’ve been reading it in section for literally years. Which is as good a reason to not finish it as any; if I still haven’t managed, why bother? But finally finishing it would feel like tying up lose ends.
Also found a favorite bookmark in one of the books, this brilliant magnetic one: