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From Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany
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Special BC release places in Berlin:
The Berlin BücherboXX project started as a vocational education project. Apprentices of several professions work together turning an old phone booth into a public street library under participation of local groups (such as the Berlin Bookcrossers). It's all about sustainability, a new economy of sharing and other cultural and social aspects. At the moment there are 17 of them in Berlin, for example the Villa Libris.
One of them is themed: The Berlin Grunewald railway station was one of the major sites of deportation of the Berlin Jews from 1941 to 1945. Most of the trains departed from track 17 - "Gleis 17". There's a memorial established by the Deutsche Bahn - and a memorial phone book box "BücherboXX am Gleis 17" with a shelf dedicated to literature about the holocaust, resistance, Jewish life in Berlin, deporation, etc. Release zone.
At Bebelplatz, where on 10 May 1933 the nazi book burning took place, there is a book exchange shelf dedicated to literature by and about those Jewish, pacifist, religious, classical liberal, anarchist, socialist, and communist authors whose books were burned - "das Regal der verbrannten Bücher". It is to the right of the entrance of Humboldt University's "Juristische Fakultät" (western side of Bebelplatz). Release zone.
There is a large book exchange shelf at Herman Schulz Café-Bar in Friedrichshain.
A smaller one at Weder gestern noch morgen, also Friedrichshain.
And at Café SAZ in Kreuzberg.
And at Café Pausini in Tempelhof.
And a book exchange suitcase at Oak & Ice, an icecream parlour / café in Prenzlauer Berg.

Some novels set in Berlin:

- in no order -
Hans Fallada: Alone in Berlin
Ian McEwan: The Innocent
Chloe Aridjis: Book of Clouds
Christopher Isherwood: The Berlin Stories (The Last of Mr Norris & Goodbye to Berlin)
Alfred Döblin: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Cees Nooteboom: All Soul’s Day
Jenny Erpenbeck: Go, Went, Gone
Julia Franck: West
Cristina García: Here in Berlin
John le Carré: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Joseph Kanon: The Good German & Leaving Berlin
Vladimir Nabokov: The Gift
Paul Beatty: Slumberland
Uwe Timm: Midsummer Night

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“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired
produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books
than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity...
We cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort,
their ready access reassurance.”

A. E. Newton

I'm very interested in Asian literature, South and South-East Asian mostly. And I often read Booker Prize nominations. Literary novels. No chicklit. No romance. No horror. No easy reading. Mysteries/thrillers/spy fiction occasionally (1001 level).
The fact that I registered a book does not necessarily indicate that it reflects my taste.
All books I receive through BookCrossing will sooner or later travel again.

What I like: besides wishlist books...
- Salty liquorice / salmiakki (not the sweet kind) (without gelatin)
- Marmite cashews, Marmite Peanuts
- Fair trade / organic English breakfast or Earl Grey or green tea bags
- Fair trade / organic loose green tea
- official Bookcrossing release bags
- sorry, I don't like Christmas (or Easter) ornaments, Christmas-themed books and such things (I'm not Christian)
- and I don't like to read German translations of books written in English (and vice versa)
- no need for non-wishlist books
- I'm always happy to get paperback wishlist books instead of hardcovers :-)


Are you also fond of embellishing your JEs with pics? Feel free to use mine.

“I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.
If the book does not shake us awake like a blow to the skull,
why bother reading it in the first place?”
"Ich glaube, man sollte überhaupt nur noch solche Bücher lesen,
die einen beißen und stechen.
Wenn das Buch, das wir lesen,
uns nicht mit einem Faustschlag auf den Schädel weckt,
wozu lesen wir dann das Buch?”

Franz Kafka, Brief an Oskar Pollak, 27. Januar 1904

Among my favourite authors are: Salman Rushdie, Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Kamala Shamsie, Nadeem Aslam, Ian McEwan (no need to send me any of their novels)

Some of my favourite books (which deserve eight or nine stars, I'm still waiting to read a ten-star-book):

- in no order -
Haruki Murakami: Hard-boiled Wonderland or the End of the World
Haruki Murakami: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Salman Rushdie: The Moor's Last Sigh
Salman Rushdie: Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie: Shame
David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell: Ghostwritten
David Mitchell: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell: The Bone Clocks
Ian McEwan: Atonement
Ian McEwan: Sweet Tooth
Kamila Shamsie: Burnt Shadows
Kamila Shamsie: Kartography
Nadeem Aslam: The Blind Man's Garden
Nadeem Aslam: The Wasted Vigil
John Williams: Stoner
Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun
Margaret Atwood: The MaddAddam Trilogy
Samrat Upadhyay: Buddha's Orphans
Gabriel Garcìa Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Rana Dasgupta: Solo
Yiyun Li: The Vagrants
Hana Yanagihara: A Little Life
Esi Edugyan: Washington Black
Tan Twan Eng: The Gift of Rain
Tan Twan Eng: The Garden of Evening Mists
Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being
Orhan Pamuk: Snow
Dan Sleigh: Islands
Jaspreet Singh: Helium
Carsten Jensen: We, the Drowned
Rohinton Mistry: A Fine Balance
Aminatta Forna: The Memory of Love
Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, The Mirror & the Light
Kate Atkinson: Life After Life
Neel Mukherjee: The Lives of Others
José Luís Peixoto: The Piano Cemetery
Pauline Melville: The Ventriloquist's Tale
Sanjeev Sahota: The Year of the Runaways
... and many more ....

Apolonia Xander (23 April 1625 - 16 September 1678) was my great-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandmother.
She lived in a wine-growing region in the south-west of Germany, survived the plague and the Thirty Years War, a vintner's daughter, married a vintner from the next village. Here's her marriage entry from 1643:

Georg Schmid, Michael Schmiden Gerichtsverwannten Ehelicher Sohn von G.Heppach, vnnd Apolonia, Georg Xanders S. nachgelassne Eheliche Tochter von Grunbach.

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