1. "Love suddenly seemed to him to be another of life’s obstacles; when you confront it, you have to duck your head and wait until it passes."
    — Between FriendsAmos Oz
  2. universitybookstore:

    Happy Birthday Herman Hesse

    Born on this day in 1877, German author and Nobel Laureate Herman Hesse. His three most popular novels—Demain, Siddhartha, and Steppenwolf—still enjoy a wide readership, particularly in high schools where Hesse’s themes of individuality and authenticity resonate strongly with young readers in the midst of establishing their own identity. Born into a family of missionaries, scholars, and writers with strong ties to India, and the philosophies and myths of the sub-continent to which he was exposed heavily influenced his work. He lived through both World Wars and was an opponent of Nazism, and though he has been criticized for not publicly condemning the Nazi party, he did aid Bertolt Brecht and Thomas Mann in their flight from Hitler’s regime. Eventually, the Nazis banned Hesse’s work but in the immediate aftermath of WWII, he was awarded the Nobel Prize "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style." In his later years, Hesse and his work were rediscovered by the post-war generation, and he spent those years painting watercolors and attending to the voluminous amounts of correspondence that he received. He died on August 9, 1962 in Montagnola, Switzerland.


  3. "Then a blind man asked, Did you hear something, Three shots, replied another blind man, But there was a dog howling too, It’s stopped now, that must have been the third shot, Good, I hate to hear dogs howl."
    — José Saramago, from Seeing (via the-final-sentence)

    (via hmhbooks)


  5. "As you can see, by comparison with King Ludwig, all the conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination are just cheap soap operas."

    The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Poetzsch

  6. She thought there was much more cruelty in the world than compassion and sometimes even compassion was a form of cruelty.”

    From the story “Esperanto” in the collection Between Friends by Amos Oz


  7. "Learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do."
    — The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

  8. "Some fathers never die."


  10. Vásquez was presented with a cheque for €75,000, with his translator Anne McLean winning €25,000.

    You go, Anne McLean. 


  11. Shelf Awareness explores the Global Market Forum: Books in Translation at BEA.