A History of Modern Libya – a country with a lot of potential, revolutionised into total apathy.
A History of Modern Saudi Arabia – a country created by warlords and an accompanying order still using the same methods except violence has been replaced by stricture and subsidy.
Summertime – J.M Coetzee (pictured) – Brilliant fictionalised autobiography by the South African Nobel Prize winner. It’s honest, brutal, curt, revealing and inspiring.
Death in the Andes – Mario Vargas Llosa’s detective and love story set against the background of the rise of Shining Path in central Peru in the 1980s.
A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams – fun read.
The Trillion Dollar War – Joseph Stiglitz – Boring. An endless list of numbers. We get it. Its a fuck-up. Could be just a paper (as I suspect it was initially). I ended up skim-reading it.
Just picked up/ordered
Unforgivable Blackness – the story of Jack Johnson., the first black world heavyweight champion of the world.
Hands of Stone – about the great Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran.
By Night in Chile – Roberto Bolano’s other novel.
Inherent Vice – Thomas Pynchon’s new novel and apparently it’s readable!
Gonna be a busy month and hopefully off the beer.
(<– amazingly this is the last known picture of Pynchon, back in his twenties before he had written a single published page. He is now in his 70s and is very publicity shy)