Reading Past: 2011

December 2011:

Embers [A gyertyák csonkig égnek] by Sándor Márai, translated by Carol Brown Janeway

John Hus at the Council of Constance [Relatio de Magistri Joannis Hus causa] by Petr z Mladeňovic, translated from the Latin and the Czech with notes and introduction by Matthew Spinka

Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

The Last Fix [En liten gyllen ring] by K. O. Dahl, translated by Don Bartlett

Voices [Röddin] by Arnaldur Indriðason, translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder

November 2011:

Hunted Heretic: The Life and Death of Michael Servetus, 1511-1553 by Roland H. Bainton

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Man in the Window [Mannen i vinduet] by K. O. Dahl, translated by Don Bartlett

from A Man and His Sink and Other Stories [En mann og hans vask] by Agnar Mykle, translated from the Norwegian by Maurice Michael

  • Briefest Encounter
  • On Wings of Song
  • A Flower in the Button Hole
  • Sheik Moozy
  • Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemütlicheit
  • How Do You Do, Mr Schlytter?
  • The Jury will now Retire
  • Happiness and the Two Men
  • The Curtains
  • Behind Them the Tenements Sang
  • Cross Your Heart
  • A Man and his Sink

Hypothermia [Harðskafi] by Arnaldur Indriðason, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb

Grettir’s Saga [Grettis saga Ásmundarsonar] translated by Denton Fox and Hermann Pálsson

The Vikings and Their Victims: The Verdict of the Names by Gillian Fellows-Jensen

The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Education by Robert Maynard Hutchins

October 2011:

How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work by Megan Hustad

Arctic Chill [Vetrarborgin] by Arnaldur Indriðason, translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder and Victoria Cribb

The Life and Death of a Druid Prince: The Story of Lindow Man, an Archaeological Sensation by Anne Ross and Don Robins

The Epic of Gilgamesh, an English version with an introduction by N. K. Sandars

“Grendel’s Glof: Beowulf line 2085 Reconsidered” by Andrew M. Pfrenger in Philological Quarterly (Summer-Fall, 2008)

Beowulf [Beowulf], a new verse translation, Seamus Heaney

The Draining Lake [Kleifarvatn] by Arnaldur Indriðason, translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder

The Rebels [A zendülők] by Sándor Márai, translated by George Szirtes

September 2011:

Maigret and the Toy Village [Félicie est là] by Georges Simenon, translated by Eileen Ellenbogen

Volsunga Saga: The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs [Völsunga saga] translated by William Morris, with an introduction and glossary by Robert W. Gutman

Maigret in Holland [Une crime en Hollande] by Georges Simenon, translated by Geoffrey Sainsbury

Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics, delivered by Ex-senator George Washington Plunkitt, the Tammany philosopher, from his rostrum–the New York County court-house bootblack stand, recorded by William L. Riordon

August 2011:

Maigret at the Gai-Moulin [La danseuse du Gai-Moulin] by Georges Simenon, translated by Geoffrey Sainsbury

The Praise of Folly [Moriæ encomium] by Desiderius Erasmus, translated from the Latin, with an essay and commentary, by Hoyt Hopewell Hudson

Jar City [Mýrin]: A Reykjavík Thriller by Arnaldur Indriðason, translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder

Little Man — What Now? [Kleiner Mann — was nun?] by Hans Fallada, translated by Susan Bennett

The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book by Timothy Beal

The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It by Adam Foulds

The Friend of Madame Maigret [L’amie de Madame Maigret] by Georges Simenon, translated by Helen Sebba

The Day of Wrath [Szomorú napok] by Mór Jókai, translated from the Hungarian by R. Nisbet Bain

July 2011:

Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca

The Silk Code by Paul Levinson

The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw [Gísla saga Súrssonar] translated from the Icelandic by George Johnston, notes and an introduction by Peter Foote

After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (fourth edition) by James West Davidson, Mark Hamilton Lytle

“The Creature from Cleveland Depths” by Fritz Leiber in Galaxy (December, 1962)

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

from Travels of a Republican Radical in Search of Hot Water by H. G. Wells

  • S.S. “Pukka Sahib”
  • A Forecast of 1939
  • Mr. Lyons Protects Hitler, the Head of a Great Friendly Power, from My “Insults”
  • Bush Fires
  • The Future of the Jews
  • Fronts with no Force Behind Them
  • Democracy in Patches
  • Trouble in Burma
  • The Traveller Provokes His Old Friends, the Teachers, again in a Paper Called “The Poison called History”
  • The Honour and Dignity of the Free Mind (an Address that was not delivered in Stockholm)
  • Epilogue

Peer Gynt: A Dramatic Poem [Peer Gynt: Et dramatisk digt i fem akter] by Henrik Ibsen, translated with an introduction by Peter Watts

June 2011:

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

The Madman of Bergerac [Le fou de Bergerac] by Georges Simenon, translated by Geoffrey Sainsbury

Rubicon [Rubicon] by Agnar Mykle, translated from the Norwegian by Maurice Michael

A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage by Mark Twain, foreword and afterword by Roy Blount, Jr., illustrations by Peter de Sève

May 2011:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

The Bar on the Seine [La Guinguette à deux sous] by Georges Simenon, translated by David Watson

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

April 2011:

from A Gravestone Made of Wheat: Stories by Will Weaver

  • A gravestone made of wheat
  • Dispersal
  • Gabriel’s feathers
  • Heart of the fields
  • The bread-truck driver
  • Going home
  • The trapper
  • Blood pressure
  • From the landing
  • The cowman
  • The undeclared major
  • You are what you drive

From Stonehenge to Las Vegas: Archaeology as Popular Culture by Cornelius Holtorf

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

March 2011:

from The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, 9th Series edited by Robert P. Mills:

The Same Ax, Twice: Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age by Howard Mansfield

from The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe

  • The loneliness of the long-distance runner
  • Uncle Ernest
  • Mr. Raynor the school-teacher
  • The fishing-boat picture
  • Noah’s ark
  • On Saturday afternoon
  • The match
  • The disgrace of Jim Scarfedale
  • The decline and fall of Frankie Buller

from Candide and Other Writings by Voltaire, edited by Haskell M. Block:

February 2011:

from Selected Works of Alfred Jarry edited by Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor

January 2011:

Outlines of Church History [Kirchengeschichte im Grundriß] by Rudolf Sohm, translated by May Sinclair, with a preface by H.M. Gwatkin, introduction by James Luther Adams

The Song of Igor’s Campaign: an Epic of the Twelfth Century [Слово о плъку Игоревѣ] translated from Old Russian by Vladimir Nabokov

Poor Plutocrats [Szegény gazdagok] by Mór Jókai, translated from the Hungarian

Uncle Andy’s Cats by James Warhola

Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol by James Warhola