John Pistelli


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Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Let’s get the literary-historical info and honorifics out of the way first: Berlin Alexanderplatz is one of the monuments … Continue reading

19 January 2019 · 1 Comment

Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann My rating: 5 of 5 stars Far out to sea the water’s as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as … Continue reading

12 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life

Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life by Theodor W. Adorno My rating: 5 of 5 stars It helps to know that this 1951 book, an unclassifiable philosophical masterpiece consisting … Continue reading

28 November 2018 · 3 Comments

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe My rating: 5 of 5 stars Goethe’s Faust, including Part One and Part Two, was written over the entire course of the author’s adult … Continue reading

31 October 2018 · 1 Comment

Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann My rating: 5 of 5 stars I would love to write 1000 or 2000 words in dismayed praise of The Magic Mountain, this magisterial … Continue reading

4 April 2016 · 9 Comments

W. G. Sebald, After Nature

After Nature by W.G. Sebald My rating: 4 of 5 stars Given my mild ambivalence about Sebald, I thought I would make this small book, the author’s first, my next … Continue reading

1 January 2016 · 4 Comments

W. G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald My rating: 3 of 5 stars I do not feel as I am supposed to, as a good literary citizen should, about Sebald. … Continue reading

24 July 2015 · 1 Comment

Ernst Jünger, The Glass Bees

The Glass Bees by Ernst Jünger My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Glass Bees is a short, dense philosophical novel about an old cavalryman, Richard, in need of money—because … Continue reading

12 November 2014 · Leave a comment