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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9980 on: July 03, 2020, 11:41:38 AM »
But both I and presumeably Israel counted Rousseau among the "radicals". Surely, he was influential but overall more than the more moderate French or the Germans? I am not sure, but are there well known "radicals" not French? One might count Hume among the radicals but hardly the other Scots like Reid and Smith. And who of the Germans would count as radical? Kant and Fichte were considered dangerous, but this was Prussia, after all, so one did not have to be very radical for this. If one looks at the "radical strain" with the socialists in the early/mid 19th etc. one will of course find the older radicals more influential. But one reason for this is that a lot of the moderate enlightenment thought had become mainstream by then, I'd say.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9981 on: July 03, 2020, 05:50:03 PM »
 

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9982 on: July 05, 2020, 01:22:50 AM »
The Rusty Knight and Other Tales from Germany





This is a book very much in the old style of Tales With A Moral. However, the tales are imaginative and interesting and yes, they do deliver the requisite morals on such topics as Idealism, Sarcasm, Redemption, Disillusionment, Deceit etc. There is also a nice element of wit and humour in the translations so that they are not just old folk or fairy tales. I enjoyed the read.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9983 on: July 05, 2020, 01:46:25 AM »
Interrupted my reading of Roger Martin du Gard monumental (and fascinating) posthumous novel Le lieutenant-colonel de Maumort (my post on that vanished in GMG’s “time warp”  ;))  to tackle Mario Vargas-Llosa’s recently published anthology of texts about (and interviews with) Jorge Luis Borges—spanning over half a century.


I read its 115 pages in one sitting. I’m much more an admirer of Borges than of Vargas-Llosa, but what the latter conveys in this short book is a work of love and admiration, even if his own literature is diametrically opposed to the Argentinian’s positions. Also, Vargas-Llosa manages to show Borges the man in a rather sympathetic light, what for me is no mean feat: IMHO, Borges is one if the greatest authors in Spanish ever, but his literature is cold and distant, and his public persona hardly ever came through as “simpático” (to me at least). A most enjoyable diversion.

Back to Maumort today (the lieutenant-colonel to be has turned 19 years of age at around page 320  :D).
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« Reply #9984 on: July 05, 2020, 03:12:45 AM »
^Nice. I'm reading Borges's Labyrinths, an anthology of fictions by the late author, for the first time. It's clear to me and anyone who reads this that he was a genius. This is some truly mind boggling stuff. He writes with such an erudite style that it's almost hard to follow at times, but it's maddeningly clever, thought provoking stuff.

Other than that, I've also started Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing. Other than McCarthy's incredibly mannered prose (to which I'm not entirely a newcomer, having read The Road & No Country for Old Men back in high school, but now, I'm finding it grating at times), I am rather enjoying it. It's certainly less bleak than some of McCarthy's other work, which I see as a plus.

This scene from one of my favorite films is an impeccable parody of McCarthy's style...:

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Edit: still don't know how to embed videos, apparently. https://youtu.be/XeKjKWXWZOE
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« Reply #9985 on: July 05, 2020, 01:06:21 PM »
Edit: still don't know how to embed videos, apparently. https://youtu.be/XeKjKWXWZOE


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9986 on: July 07, 2020, 04:13:51 AM »
Short Stories by Russian Authors





This compilation includes works by Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Korolenko, Chekov, Chirikov, Andreyev, Kuprin, Gorky and Sologub.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9987 on: July 07, 2020, 05:26:46 PM »
500 pages down, 800 pages left in War and Peace!