Bookbabble Episode 81: World Cup Babble

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Bookbabble Episode 81: World Cup Babble

Bookbabble Episode 81: World Cup Babble

Recorded 7 July 2014

Synopsis: Bjorn, Marcel and Donny get together for a World Cup chat, a repeat of something the 3 of them did exactly 4 years ago. Besides spending half the podcast talking about the games leading up to the semi-finals, the gang also manages to pick books from each of the 4 semi-finalists: Brazil, Germany, Netherlands and Argentina. The picks would surprise you.

 

 

 

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The German Team

  • Uwe Timm, “Die Entdeckung der Currywurst” (translated into English by Leila Vennewitz as “The Invention of Curried Sausage”)
  • Uwe Timm, “Morenga” (translated into English by Breon Mitchell)
  • Dishonorable mention: Gerhard Seyfried’s bestselling novels about colonialist Germany

The Brazilian Team

  • Clarice Lispector, “The Stream of Life”
  • Carmen L. Oliveira, “Rare and commonplace flowers – the story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares”
  • Elizabeth Bishop, “Questions of Travel”

The Argentinian Team

  • Julio Cortazar, “Hopscotch”
  • Borges
  • Nathan Englander, “The Ministry of Special Cases”
  • German Kratochwil, “Das Scherbengericht”

The Dutch Team

  • Hugo Claus, “The Sorrow of Belgium” (not actually Dutch)
  • Maarten t’Hart – “Het psalmenoproer”
  • Harry Mulisch – The Assault

Bonus: The Spanish Team

  • Alberto Mendez – Blind Sunflowers
  • Isaac Rosa – The Invisible Hand

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