Daily Bookshot: Victor & Georg



Victor & Georg, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock.

After adding my first Oneworld Classics title to my bookshelves a couple of a months ago (Ivan Bunin’s The Village – featured as Daily Bookshot HERE), I was delighted to add a couple more today. They’re both titles which I’ve spoken about in a recent ‘On the Radar’ post, so you can bet I’m looking forward to reading these two with great relish.

Bottom in the pile is Victor Hugo’s The Last Day of a Condemned Man [ISBN: 978-1-84749-117-6]. I’ve heard lots of good things about this work of fiction, but what interests me most is exploring just how well Hugo has painted the anxiety, doubt and desperation that must plague a man facing an inevitable death.

The other title shown here is Lenz by the early nineteenth-century German writer Georg Büchner [ISBN: 978-1-84749-085-8]. At only 52 pages (49 pages if one takes away the notes) this is one thin book, but the strength of its story more than makes up for its short length. Set against the backdrop of the Vosges mountains, Lenz tells the story of the real-life writer as he begins a descent into madness. Hailed as ‘an influential forerunner of literary modernism’, this is one I can’t wait to read through (and it shouldn’t take long :))

Incidentally this was my first ever order from The Book Depository, and I’m happy to say that the entire transaction went through as smoothly as silk. Another online bookseller added to my list.

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Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).