Archive for the ‘Die Fremde am Meer’ Category
I know you are supposed to say that ¬†reviews don’t matter. That you never even read them. I must admit, though, that to me they do matter, and I do read them. When Sonata for Miriam was just published and Boston blogger called it a four-star turkey it did hurt. And no matter how many excellent reviews my book received, that single bad one has stayed in my mind. In the fragile final stages of writing my fourth novel, tentatively titled¬†The blackbird sings at dusk,¬†it was comforting and encouraging to see this blog comment on¬†The Memory of love:¬†Basso Profundo.
A beautiful reading of¬†The Kindness of your Nature/ The Memory of Love¬†by Denis O’Connell is being broadcast this month. You can listen to the first fours episodes here:¬†http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thereading
Interesting to read the commentaries about New Zealand’s presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair¬†in the German media. Overall, sadly, they confirm my own impression.¬†An underwhelming response to New Zealand literature referred to as ‘stories without written language’. There are precious few proper reviews of New Zealand books, and no major presentations. I suppose¬†they drowned in the black water…
Here is a very good review of ‘Die Fremde am Meer’:
My third novel, The kindness of your nature/Det goda inom dig will be released in Germany 10 September (my birthday – auspicious, I hope) and I look forward to going to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October as one of the New Zealand authors invited to participate in the celebration of New Zealand as the guest of honour country.