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The books that have so far shaped me are of completely different genres, eras, and handling different topics. I am beyond ashamed to admit that since starting at Oxford I have read barely more than two books beyond my set reading list – but if you like German and Italian literature, you may appreciate that’s not too bad a compromise. My favourite authors are Ian McEwan, Ernest Hemingway, Lydia Davis, and Virginia Woolf.

An array of memorable reads follows.

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Muriel Barbery’s tale of philosophy, bourgeoisie existences, and the point of being alive

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The coming-of-age novel that left Belmondo in most teenage French girls’ bedroom walls

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What a master Munro is in short stories. A well deserved Nobel prize.

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McEwan’s twist of insanity, the divine, persistency

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A relationship tangled in post Holocaust atonement

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A memoir of being an Italian woman in the Fascist years

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A collection of short stories with a typical, thrilling final twist

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Testimonies of women living in the DDR era

 

 

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