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For me, there is something pressing and ominous about a book I cannot finish.
The theme of this column is narrating a transnational or cross-cultural experience that has indelibly shaped one’s life. For our author today, Leipzig-based Ukrainian writer Svetlana Lavochkina, such an experience has been learning English, and the mark left by the fascinating, rambunctious character from back home who instilled that love for the language in her, a love she has carried with her to Germany and nurtured throughout her life so far. Sometimes things come full circle in the most unexpected ways…
“Last Sunday I bought an old, flea market suitcase so that I could put in it disheveled piles of books conspiring to build up yet another wall next to my bed. (…)Now, a week later, I am quite certain that these books just had to be locked up! (…)safely locked up, they cannot haunt me as when they were at large. The idea is: I will set them briefly free for review purposes and then lock them up again. (…)Let me start with the book that broke my heart.”
Interspersing it with his love of lit, our resident glocal bookworm today gives us a slice-of-life view into his weekly squash matches with a female friend, peppered with conversations on love and relationships, and related flashbacks: “It is strange, this awkward dance between men and women… What remains elusive is a sure outlook or a stable place of perspective. We express what we are tired with, we wonder about what doesnâ€™t work, go off to our own lives then return for another week, our previous thoughts and discussions having shaken us up a bit.”
Our glocal book worm today gives us a body- and mind-exploring, soul-dissecting essay, talking about how he turned to Nietzsche to get through a serious illness connected with his own unresolved intense emotional turmoil.