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About tagesmann

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    Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
  • Birthday 12/01/64


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    53° 20' N, 1° 17' E
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    Reading, Music, Wine, Beer, Gin.
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  1. Giving birth grammar

    Oh I hate this as well. It should be "given birth to/had a baby/son/daughter" But it isn't just celebrities; ordinary people give birth to baby boys or baby girls (usually beautiful ones) as well.
  2. A Lady Doctor!

    I've not watched Broadchurch and have only seen Jodie Whittaker in "Attack the Block" - which was a bit silly. I see she was in "The Night Watch" based on the Sarah Waters novel. I'll miss Capaldi's doctor, I liked his grumpyness and Bill deserved a longer run. But I'm looking forward to a hopefully revitalised show.
  3. Fair Stood The Wind For France

    Mine also. Yes HE Bates needs to be rediscovered.
  4. Getting permission to re-publish out of print books

    Have you tried searching for the authors? If the books are that old, the publisher may no longer have the rights.
  5. Getting permission to re-publish out of print books

    Can't offer any advice. Except this, which took me 5 minutes via Google. Although you can't contact the publisher via their website http://www.parker-publishing.com/home/ it does list their aquisitions editor Kymberlyn Reed who has a twitter https://twitter.com/FountainPenDiva and LikedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kymberlyn-reed-18718010 presence. Whith a bit of digging you could probably find the details for the comany directors. If that's not the right Parker Publishing; quite a few other entries came up including a fan club.
  6. The Land of Green Plums

    I started to create a new thread for this book in 21st Century Fiction before I realised that it was published in the 90s. Then I realised I had not done the book justice in my original posting. So here is a bit more. This is a very powerful story. And beautifully written. I'm not sure what you would call the style. It's something like a prose peom, but not. It only takes a page or two and then it seems to flow. The narrator is one of a group of ethnic Germans who are under the eye of the Romanian secret police during Ceauescu's reign of terror, The Land of Green Plums tells the story of a group of young people who have moved from their rural provinces to the city to go to college. They are (I guess) dissidents by accident. They collect and keep diaries, poems and prose written by themselves and others, and photographs. All of which would be confiscated by the authorities. But the book is also peopled with supporting characters, "ordinary" Romanians, family members, officials; some of whom we get to know better than the narrator and her friends, The author won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2009.
  7. So, you are so worried that the KGB will come calling one night that you can't sleep. And because you can't sleep, neither can your wife. So you pack a small suitcase with a change of underwear, pyjamas and some cigarettes. Then you stand on the landing, by the lift, waiting... And thinking. An involving account of what it might have been like for an artist to live under Soviet rule. Was Shostakovich a coward as he thought? Or just a survivor? Whatever; this is an involving book. Highly recommended.
  8. From the back cover... Set in Romania at the height of Ceauşescu’s reign of terror, The Land of Green Plums tells the story of a group of young students, each of whom has left the impoverished provinces in search of better prospects in the city. It is a profound illustration of a totalitarian state which comes to inhabit every aspect of life; to the extent that everyone, even the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors, or resist them and perish. I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel. I did wonder how much was fiction as how much was based on the author's own experiences before she left Romania. It is powerful, emotive, involving and subtle. Both the narrator and the author are Romanian ethnic Germans. The book was originally published in German as Hertzier which translates as Heart-beast; a theme that runs through the narrative. The language and structure is unusual but works. The English version must capture the original style perfectly because it is so unique.
  9. The Jacaranda Tree

    What a great review cherrypie. It reminded me of how much I enjoyed this book and that I need to seek more HE Bates.
  10. New site for Spring 2017!

    I've just looked at the new site on my work mobile (iPhone 6 using Opera browser) and the Amazon adverts don't rescale. Anyone else have this?
  11. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    Julian Barnes – The Noise of Time Rose Tremain - The Gustav Sonata Herta Müller – The Land of Green Plums Adam Foulds – The Quickening Maze Jostein Gaarder – Through a Glass, Darkly Hilary Mantel – The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Huruki Murakami – Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
  12. Sorry; no I can't.
  13. To clear everything; click on Mark site read top right of page. I think 365 days is too long as well. But can't see a way of changing it in profile settings.
  14. I have converted a .doc into an ebook. I think most formats are variants of html. And there are plenty of easy to use tools available. I can'r recommend one though as my only attempt was a very short story for personal use only.