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Currently reading

Roman Blood
Steven Saylor
Progress: 171/401 pages
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Bob Spitz
Progress: 208/557 pages
Avant-gardes du XXe siècle: arts & littérature, 1905-1930
Serge Fauchereau
Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War and On the Civil War
Julius Caesar
Les bûchers de Bocanegra
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Songs of the Kings
Barry Unsworth
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

Stupeur Et Tremblements

Stupeur et tremblements - Amélie Nothomb This is a re-read for me. Amélie Nothomb practiced "autofiction" before it was fashionable. This is a fictional account of her time in Japan. Yes, she did work for a big Japanese firm as a translator and yes she was engaged with a well to do Japanese man (the tale of that part of her life is in Ni d'Eve ni d'Adam) but that's where real life ends and fiction begins. This is a short read. Comical, sometimes tragic, sometimes lyrical, with a sarcastic tone, we follow Amélie-san in her year of being the lowest of the lowest in the hierarchy of this huge Japanese corporation in 1990. From being hired as a translator, to xeroxing golf club administrative papers for days to taking care of the washroom, Amélie-san day dreams and watches. It's a intriguing view inside a close society very removed from my own.