Amigos! It’s time for my annual summing up of books I read during the year. As you can see on the chart above (click for larger size), my new interest for Japan is reflected in my choice of books – 7 out of 17 novels have Japanese authors. I’ve also continued my research of sexualities, as can be seen in the non-fiction department, as well as read some autobiographies by interesting people – Michael Davidson’s The World, the Flesh and Myself being the most inspiring one.
I usually have one “discovery” every year, meaning one author whom I become so obsessed with that I want to read everything by him or her, someone who stays with you for a very long time. They have been Camille Paglia, Joe Keenan, Witold Gombrowicz, Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton, Plato.
This year’s discovery was Yukio Mishima, without doubt. He’s up there with Gombrowicz. I’m currently reading The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, but that one will feature on next year’s chart since I haven’t finished it yet.
Thanks dear friends for this year. I’m going out shopping for our improvised Neukölln “Silvester” dinner now. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!