We are ruled by quotations, said Susan Sontag. Her experimental novels are all covered with traces that are a bit too theoretical, a bit too up there in the mind, but there is a crypt, aphorism on the walls, old ones, Germanic ones, Chinese ones, etc. Yes, it is a bit too theoretical in the 1960s. However, that is also a recreation of the oldest form of framing what has been said, done or recorded. In addition, those aphorisms are wisdoms, sentences extracted from centuries of human history. Concise and to the point. Sometimes painful.
New Year’s first accomplishment in book is by Zadie Smith. Not the first Zadie Smith, certainly not the last one. For this super length book,
Bought this book three years ago, much later than I heard this book (Slaughterhouse 5). I’ve read Vonnegut’s other books in translation, much earlier, but