Austria & Australia
Books from the World is a new series of articles I decided to wirte.
I came up with this idea a few days ago, after realising there were so many authors from different countries whose works I have never read, and I thought it would be good for any reader, and for me too, to recommend a few titles from different countries.
I decided to organise this series of articles in a alphabetical order, from A to Z, but without listing all the A countries in only one article.
My idea is that of selecting no more than two or three countries at time, belonging to the same letter (e.g. letter A), and a few titles/authors from these countries.
I will extremely appreciate any further recommendations from you, about writers and books form the countries I will write about.
I do hope this series could be a sort of inspiration to any of you and me to discover new titles, and books to fall in love with.
Have a nice journey.
Our journey will begin in Europe, in Austria.
I must admit that, because of not having studied German at school, I have no notions of Austrian literature.
Being A the first letter of the alphabet, I decided to start with something new to me, and though my ignorance I discovered I actually read something by Austrian writers.
The Austrian writers I know are Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and Stefan Zweig (1881-1942); the first one is part of my high-school background in philosophy, while the second author was a new discovery for me.
The Interpretation of Dreams
Freud’s discovery that the dream is the means by which the unconscious can be explored is undoubtedly the most revolutionary step forward in the entire history of psychology. Dreams, according to his theory, represent the hidden fulfillment of our unconscious wishes.
Psychopathology of Everyday Life
A simple but convincing explanation of things we may have experienced in our lives.
⇒ I haven’t rated these books, either on my Goodreads account, because I found they were a bit difficult to read. They are not novels or poems, and I thought it was better not to “judge” them, considering their importance.
Chess Story or The Royal Game
The world champion of chess, a rude and arrogant man, is travelling by ship from New York to Buenos Aires. On board, many travellers try to show their skills challenging him, but they are all defeated. But it still last one passenger more to defeat.
My rate is 1/5 on Goodreads
My ignorance goes on also with our next destination, Australia.
At high – school I studied many British and a few American writers, but not a single Australian one.
Luckily for me, I had the chance to read something Australian in my life, and I am now making some researches to find out new titles and authors.
The only one I have known so far is Marcus Zusak (1975).
The Book Thief
Germany, WWII. It is Liesel’s story, it is also a story about books, war, friendship and love.
I do recommend it; in my opinion, it is one of the most captivating books set during the WWII.
My rate is 5/5 on Goodreads
The photos I used for this article are all from Pinteres.com.